What Effect Does Your Child’s Diet Have on Their Teeth?

Pediatric dentist, Dr. Iris Hernandez counsels parents at Kissimmee Children’s Dentistry on eating habits that will help their children maintain optimal oral as well as general health. Frequent ingestion of sugars and other carbohydrates such as juices are particular risk factors in the development of dental caries and obesity. Health risks associated with childhood obesity include diabetes, cardiovascular disease and psychological stress. Below are a few easy pointers that parents can use:

  • Breast feeding infants to ensure the best health outcome.
  • Eat a variety of foods.
  • Balance eating foods with physical activity to maintain healthy body.
  • Choose a diet with plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains and low in fat.
  • Use sugars and salt in moderation, store candies and cookies out of sight so they’re less likely to become common places snack time choices.
  • When your children eat treats, they should eat them as part of a meal. A candy bar as part of dinner will be less harmful than as a snack, because the saliva generated by chewing other foods will help clean the teeth.
  • Watch out for common foods that we don’t consider sweet, but actually contain a lot of sugar. Ketchup, peanut butter, and breakfast cereals are three common examples.
  • Many parents forget about the sugars in juices. Choosing apple or orange juice over soda is certainly preferable, but fruit juices are still full with sugars that lead to tooth decay. Limit your child’s consumption of juices to no more than eight ounces per day and encourage him/her to drink water instead.

It is well known that calcium is important for strong teeth, but a balanced diet that emphasizes nutritious foods also plays an important role in the development of the gums and other tissues in the mouth. Unfortunately, the prevalence of tooth decay among children is growing. To learn more about caring for your child’s teeth please visit or call our office at (407) 870-0717.