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Nadia T. Afifi, DDS | Nutrition in Kent

 

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10920 SE 208th St
Kent, WA 98031  

Nutrition

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It has long been known that good nutrition and a well-balanced diet is one of the best defenses for your oral health. Providing your body with the right amounts of vitamins and minerals helps your teeth and gums-as well as your immune system-stay strong and ward off infection, decay and disease. 

Harmful acids and bacteria in your mouth are left behind from eating foods high in sugar and carbohydrates. These include:

            -   Carbonated beverage
            -   Some kinds of fruit juices
            -   Several kinds of starch foods like pasta, bread and cereal. 

 

Children's Nutrition and Teeth 

-  Good eating habits that begin in early childhood can go a long way to ensuring a lifetime
   of good oral health. 

-  Children should eat foods rich in calcium and other kinds of minerals, as well as a healthy
   balance of the essential food groups like vegetables, fruits, dairy products, poultry and meat.

Fluoride supplements may be helpful if you live in a community without fluoridated
   water, but consult with our office first. (Be aware that sugars are even found in some
   kinds of condiments, as well as fruits and even milk.) 

-  Junk food (starches and sugars), allowing your children to eat excessive amounts of
   junk food including potato chips, cookies, crackers, soda, even artificial fruit rollups and
   granola bars-only places them at risk for serious oral health problems, including obesity,
   osteoporosis and diabetes. 

-  The carbonation found in soda, for example, can actually erode tooth enamel. Encourage
   your child to use a straw when drinking soda; this will help keep at least some of the
   carbonated beverage away from the teeth.
 

 

 
 
 
Kent Dentist | Nutrition. Nadia Afifi is a Kent Dentist.