9 Childhood Nutrition Tips from a Pediatric Dentist

Sugary, starchy, and acidic foods can cause tooth decay if they’re eaten frequently or remain on teeth for a long time. As a parent, you need to teach your child to choose healthier foods and take care of their teeth properly. Use these food and nutrition tips to keep both your child and their pediatric dentist in Atlanta smiling. 

1. Feed Kids Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables that have a high volume of water, like pears, melons, and cucumbers, are low in sugar and the crunching they require helps clean the teeth. Try to limit your child’s intake of foods like bananas and dried fruits because they’re higher in sugar, but when your child eats them, just be sure to brush their teeth immediately after.

2. Go for Good Sources of Calcium

Calcium is known to build strong, healthy teeth. That’s why your pediatric dentist recommends including good sources like milk, yogurt, cheese, and broccoli in your child’s meals and snacks.

3. Choose Cheese

Eating cheese as part of meals and snacks helps trigger the flow of saliva, which rinses food particles off of teeth. And its calcium content helps keep teeth and bones strong. 

4. Stay Away from Sugary, Sticky, Starchy Foods

Sugary and starchy foods like raisins, dried fruit, granola bars, cookies, hard candies, jelly beans, honey, chewy caramels, and syrup tend to stick to the teeth and are difficult for saliva to wash away. As a result, they continuously coat the teeth with sugar, which can result in tooth decay. When your child has these foods, have them brush their teeth right after eating. From now on, try to only buy foods that are unsweetened or sugar-free.

5. Stick to Serving Sugar Only with Meals

When you give your child sweets, serve them as occasional desserts right after a meal since there’s usually a higher amount of saliva in the mouth at mealtime, which can help wash these sugars off of teeth.

6. Make Better Baby Bottles at Bedtime

When you’re giving your a child a bottle before naps and at bedtime, be sure to fill it with plain water rather than sugary formula, milk, or juice. This will prevent their teeth from long-term exposure to the sugars that cause tooth decay.

7. Pick Plain Water Instead of Soda or Juice

Since juices and sodas contain lots of sugar, only buy and serve plain water for your kids. Water is safe for their teeth and helps wash away the food particles that can cling to their teeth and cause decay.

8. Brush and Floss Your Child’s Teeth Every Day

Be sure to brush your child’s teeth at least twice a day and floss their teeth at least once a day to help remove plaque and food between teeth and below the gum line. Ask your pediatric dentist in Atlanta to teach you and your child the right oral hygiene techniques. 

9. Regularly Visit Your Pediatric Dentist in Atlanta

Dental experts recommend taking your child for their first pediatric dentist visit no later than their first birthday or as soon as their first tooth erupts through the gums. Then, this should be followed by regular dental checkups and cleanings to prevent, treat, and detect dental problems early.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Atlanta, call Imagix Dental today or make an appointment.

Imagix Dental and its affiliated practices offer affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Atlanta. Our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. Our practices provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover affordable dentists who truly care.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Everyone is very friendly…from the front office staff, to the hygienists, to the dentist. Dr. Nguyen is amazing….very knowledgeable and always so upbeat and positive. Chi Chi did a great job on […]
Susan N.
Everything was great, the doctor answered all of my questions! The hygienist was great too! Definitely recommend!
Melissa A.
Super friendly, fair price and convenient.
Mike J.
Luis is number one. The best! Dr Lee dealt quickly with an urgent matter and I appreciated his skill and efforts.
Laurie S.
Customer service
Donovan A.
Everyone was so friendly and made my son and I feel so welcome. They also explained everything they were doing in detail so I could understand.
Raymond S.
Excellent customer service professional staff. Amazing dentist
Kohlbi M.
Very reliable and quality work
Nelly A.
Dr. Soh is fantastic! Love seeing my son smile!!
Tonya W.
Friendly, courteous, accommodating staff
Marcy G.
I love this dental company
Maureen J.
Fast and professional! I love this office!
Tiffany G.
Rennia was absolutely amazing and the whole staff was great and friendly!!! My teeth feel like a brand new red bottoms !!!! Paula, Jessica, Abreanna, everyone was great!!! Im happy i found a new home […]
Shawn L.
I love the staff here there’s are great. Even when you have temporary memory loss and miss your appointment. They were able to reschedule my appointment asap. We have never met an associate here […]
Maria M.
I’ve been going here for several years now. Sherry is an exceptional hygienist. It’s been several years since I’ve has any dental work done, but Dr Baine is great. Highly recommend.
Louie V.
Love this place! The staff is always so friendly when I come! Always a great experience!
Megan S.
Excellent service, great staf, highly recommended
Lorin H.
My daughter loved her first visit here. Everyone was so friendly in this office & it is filled with positive vibes. Dr. Andy was very awesome and helpful. Paris cannot wait to return, so […]
Brooke A.
Sensible advice and reasonable fee.
Tehwan T.
Great experience both times we’ve been! So great with younger children! Very quick and keeps their attention!
Courtney U.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here