We all want our kids to be healthy, to have good physically health and good oral health. Today we know that poor oral health can affect your overall health, so encouraging healthy habits while your children are young can help prevent issues from developing later on. However, we all know that kids can be very picky eaters. Of course, most of them prefer sugary, gummy foods, and tasty drinks, the worst things for their teeth. Starting your kids on tooth-friendly foods while they are still toddlers can help them develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

Avoiding Sugar Foods

It is a well-known fact that sugary foods and carbohydrates, which break down into sugars, cause cavities. That’s why it is important to avoid giving candy, cakes, and other sugary foods and drinks to your toddlers. Try to get them used to eating healthy fruits and veggies, such as celery, carrot sticks, and apples rather than gummy bears. The condition of your child’s teeth will affect their appearance, self-confidence, and their overall health, so it is important to instill good habits while they are young.

Be Patient

If your toddler rejects a new food, don’t give up too quickly. According to studies, some children need to try a new food several times, in fact up to 15 times, before they like it. Also, as with adults, they may like raw tomatoes or raw broccoli, but not like them cooked. They may like fresh, but not frozen or canned, etc.  Be patient. Try several different types of each fruit or veggie until you find something they like.

Riverside Dental Group and Dental Associate Offices Serves a Community Near You!

Our dentists look forward to caring for you and every member of your family with a comprehensive selection of services. We will maintain and improve your oral health with a wide range of preventive, cosmetic, restorative, implant, and emergency dentistry techniques. We also specialize in endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, and orthodontics, serving patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.