Oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing are essential for your child’s overall health, but the variety of food and drinks that they consume can impart a long-term effect on their health. A balanced diet of foods that is rich in vitamins and minerals can ensure that children grow healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime.
The list of essential vitamins and minerals mentioned below can ensure your child’s teeth and gums stay healthy and strong as they grow.
Calcium is necessary for strong bones. There is a large part of calcium in our teeth and supporting jawbones. It also helps in maintaining the function of the organs, the human brain, and skeletal muscles. The primary sources of calcium are milk, cheese, yogurt, or foods like soft boned fish, broccoli, grains, fruit juices, etc.
Vitamin D helps the body in absorbing calcium, strengthening the enamel, and improving bone mineral density. The main sources of vitamin D are sunlight, fatty fish, canned tuna, portobello mushrooms, milk, etc.
Phosphorus helps in protecting and rebuilding the enamel of the tooth by working with calcium. Teeth contain most of this vitamin, and so it is essential to replenish its phosphorus content to maintain and repair the tissues of the body and the enamel. It is found in protein-rich foods, like meats, eggs, nuts, dairy products, etc.
Vitamin A provides benefits to the eyes and mouth as well. This vitamin helps in forming and maintaining tissues, like mucous membranes and teeth, and also promotes the production of saliva. Vitamin A is present in dairy, chicken, meat, sweet potatoes, fish, spinach, etc.
Vitamin C helps in healing gum tissues, promotes the formation of blood vessels and improves the function of other vital tissues, that help in supporting the teeth. Encourage your child to consume spinach, citrus fruits, kiwifruits, berries, potatoes, etc.
Having adequate iron content in your body can ensure that your child keeps healthy levels of red blood cells. It also boosts the immune system to function normally by fighting against infections and diseases. Low levels of iron can weaken the immune system and risk the chances of developing oral infections and gum disease. It is advised that children consume food that’s rich in iron such as seafood, eggs, red meat, green leafy vegetables, etc.
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