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A healthy diet is a balanced diet that naturally supplies all the nutrients your child needs to grow. This includes fruits and vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products,meat, fish and eggs.

Some dentist believe that kids who consume too much soda and not enough nutritional beverages are prone to tooth decay in addition to serious ailments later in life, such as diabetes and osteoporosis. Drinking carbonated soft drinks regularly can contribute to the erosion of tooth enamel. Soft drinks contain sticky sugars that bacteria in our mouths use as an energy source. They break down into acids and adhere to tooth surfaces. Using a straw when drinking soda can help keep sugar away from teeth.

Remind your children to rinse their mouths with water after meals, especially during school, in order to leave their teeth free of sugar and acid.

A balanced diet does not assure that your child is getting enough fluoride. If you live in a community that does not have fluoridated water or an ideal amount of naturally occurring fluoride in your well water, your child may need a fluoride supplement.

The following, while high in nutrition, are not good for your children’s teeth:

  • Raisins
  • Pudding
  • Dried Fruits
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Ice Cream
  • Fruit leather
  • Milk Shakes
  • Granola Bars


A balanced diet is essential for healthy gum tissue around the teeth. A diet high in certain kinds of carbohydrates, such as sugar and starches, may place your child at extra risk of tooth decay. Harmful starchy foods include breads, crackers, pasta, and such snacks as pretzels and potato chips. Even fruits, a few vegetables, and most milk products contain at least one type of sugar. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich, for example, not only has sugar in the jelly, but may have sugar added to the peanut butter. Sugar is also added to such condiments as catsup and salad dressings.

Eat a well-balanced diet; use moderation and choose a variety of foods. The important foods to choose include those from the four basic food groups: fruits and vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products, meat, chicken, fish, or beans. And remember that so-called “fad diets” often restrict of eliminate entire food groups, possibly leading to serious vitamin or mineral deficiencies.

Foods that cling to your teeth promote tooth decay. When snacking, try to avoid soft, sweet, sticky foods, such as cakes, sandy, and dried fruits. Better choices include nuts, raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese, and sugarless gum or candy.