Healthy Eating, Healthy Teeth

Wednesday, 17 June 2020
Healthy Eating, Healthy Teeth

Looking after our teeth can be child's play       

Whilst everyone is trying to stay home a little more, it is important to remember that healthy eating habits prevent dental decay and promote a healthier childhood. Kids are great helpers in the kitchen and getting them involved in the daily task of preparing meals can be a fun way to spend time together. It also improves fine motor skills, boosts self confidence and encourages healthy eating. Kids are much more likely to eat the fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious meals you give them if they have a hand in making it.

There are many recipes and simple cooking activities that can be found online to keep your child entertained and well-nourished during isolation.  Don’t be afraid to get your creative cap on and make some animals or funny creatures out of fruits and veggies

Changes in your mouth start the minute you eat. Bacteria in the mouth convert sugars and carbohydrates from food into acids, and it’s the acids that begin to attack and decay the enamel (strongest outer layer) on teeth. The more often you eat and snack, the more frequently you are exposing your teeth to the cycle of decay. It is important not to snack on foods and drink plenty of water in-between meals. Water balance (input vs. output) is influenced by dietary intake, physical activity, age and environmental conditions (Riebl, S. K., & Davy, B. M.,2013). On average, men should drink 2.0 litres of water a day (approx. 8 cups) & women 1.5l itres (approx. 6 cups). At least 1 litre for children and adolescents. At first it might seem like a lot but it's actually easy once you do it every day. Your teeth (and body) will thank you!

 Stay Healthy...

The Inspiro Dental Team 😁

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