Why do you want to know about my Child’s Diet?

Healthy eating habits lead to healthy teeth. Children need to eat a variety of foods from the five major food groups (protein, dairy, vegetables and fruit, grains, fats). Like the rest of the body, the teeth, bones and the soft tissues of the mouth need a well-balanced diet.

The more frequently a child snacks, the greater the chances are for tooth decay. When your child eats between meals, choose nutritious and yummy foods such as vegetables, low-fat yogurt, and low-fat cheese. Avoid sticky candy and other foods high in processed sugar or corn syrup. Read the nutritional labels on packaged foods so you can make good choices for your children.

My Child won’t go to sleep without nursing or taking a bottle.
One serious form of decay among young children is baby bottle tooth decay, sometimes referred to as ‘bottle rot.’ The official, proper name of this condition is called Early Childhood Caries (ECC). This condition is caused by frequent and long exposures of an infant’s teeth to liquids that contain sugars. Among these liquids are milk (including breast milk), formula, fruit juice and other sweetened drinks.

If you give your child a bottle filled with juice or milk, or breastfeed them before putting them to sleep, it could cause serious and rapid tooth decay. The reason? Sweet liquid pools around the child’s teeth and gives plaque bacteria an opportunity to produce acids that attack tooth enamel. During the day, saliva produced in your child’s mouth protects teeth from these acids, but at night saliva production decreases and the teeth are left more vulnerable.

If you must give your baby a bottle as a comforter at bedtime, it should contain only water. If your child won't fall asleep without the bottle and its usual beverage, gradually dilute the bottle's contents with water over a period of two to three weeks until your child becomes used to only water at bedtime. After the final nighttime feeding (including breastfeeding), brush or wipe the baby’s gums and teeth with a damp washcloth or gauze pad to remove plaque. The easiest way to do this is to sit down, place the child’s head in your lap or lay the child on a dressing table or the floor. Whatever position you use, be sure you can see into the child’s mouth easily.

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