Young children have small stomachs and they are very “busy” learning about their world. To grow up healthy, children need many small, regular and nutritious meals from a wide variety of foods each day. Healthy foods also promote good oral health. It is very important to establish healthy eating habits and take good oral care every day from the first few years of life, doing that means establishing healthy living habits for your baby for a lifetime.
What causes tooth decay? Food_enemy
When we eat and drink, the bacteria in the plaque will take advantage of the sugar in the food to form the acid layer. Some foods and drinks such as soft drinks, candies, and fruits contain a lot of acid in them. This acid causes holes in the teeth (cavities).
Measures to protect your teeth
Provide small, nutritious meals every day for your baby
Choose from a variety of foods every day
Only special occasions are given to babies to eat fast food
As with fast food, foods such as breakfast, honey are not recommended. These foods contain high levels of added sugars and natural sugars and will stick to teeth easily. Dried fruit is slightly better, but fresh fruits and vegetables are the best choice
Eat less sugar
Do not add sugar to foods in order to encourage difficult children to eat. Continue to consume healthy foods and beverages
Do not reward or give away sweets to a child
Water is the cheapest and the best soft drink
Ideas for small, nutritious meals
Leftover rice or pasta from the previous meal
Toast with cheese
Raw vegetables are cut and skewered into sticks
Fresh fruit cut into small pieces for children
Fresh milk, yogurt, cheese, and custard are great sources of calcium
Try different types of cakes: Rolled breads, raisins, baked goods … are all foods that contain very good energy sources for children.
Read the Ingredients label for each food you use to reduce sugar
Most of the sugar we eat comes from processed foods in the market. You can reduce sugar by reading the information on a product’s Ingredients label to see how much sugar it contain
Look at the quantity column in 100g for a comparison with other foods.
Look for foods with less than 10 grams of fat and 3g of saturated fat
Look for foods with less than 15g of sugar
Other sugars include honey, cane sugar and the sugar in syrup