Saturday, 6 February 2016
After School Snacks That Are Healthy for Teeth
There is so much emphasis on oral health in children throughout the United Kingdom lately, that I thought I would take this opportunity to share some healthy after school snacks you can rely on that are tooth friendly.
The number of children being admitted to hospital within the UK each year is reaching serious levels and this has been a concern for dental professionals for some time now. In most instances it is down to parents not understanding what foods their children should and should not be eating, allowing children foods which promote dental decay. As you can imagine, this has put a strain on the NHS and has forced certain hospitals to extend their operating hours as a result.
Fruit and cheese sticks
When it comes to eating a healthy diet, you want to make it fun for the children, make them want to eat it. This is why fruit and cheese on sticks is such a great delight. You can make it like a kebab, a piece of their favourite cheese and then a piece of fruit, work your way up the stick.
The cheese is rich in calcium, which is important to promote healthy teeth and bones. When choosing the fruit, stick to crunchy fruits that will promote saliva production and stay away from acidic fruits, as acid causes tooth decay.
Berry and yoghurt
Yoghurt is also very rich in calcium to promote healthy teeth and bones, it is also a probiotic, it fights bad breath and it helps reduce the risk of gum disease. Mix this with some great berries to give your child all the vitamins and minerals they need and you have given them a healthy after school snack that is guaranteed to put a smile on their faces without the risk of tooth decay.
Remember some berries have high acidity levels. In the event you use these berries combine this meal with a glass of water to rinse the mouth and reduce the risk of the acid sticking to the teeth.
Vegetable chips are a healthy and crunchy after school snack that is brimming with vitamins and minerals. Slice vegetables into thin strips and then place in oven to dry. This creates a crunchy snack that is not only healthy, but also increases saliva production to promote good oral health moving forward.