Diet Counselling

A healthy diet is a balanced diet that includes the major food groups such as fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and beans, and milk in the right servings.  A healthy balanced diet is not just essential for overall growth and development of a child but also required for teeth and gums to develop properly.

Frequent intake of a diet high in sugar puts a person at extra risk of tooth decay.  Sugar can be found in soda, juices and many foods especially the processed foods.  It can also be found in milk. We have to look beyond the sugar and candy dish when checking for sugar.  This does not mean that we have to give up all foods with sugar; the key is to select and serve wisely.  Foods that are sweet and sticky have more potential to cause cavities.  Sugary foods are safer for teeth when eaten with a meal than as a snack. You can ask your paediatric dentist to help assess your child’s diet.

 

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