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Smile-Friendly Foods for School Lunches

Get out that fresh pack of pencils, new backpack, and crack open those books – It’s time for school!

With endless supply lists and loads of paperwork on the horizon, the last thing busy parents want to think about is packing lunches. However, with the most common chronic childhood disease being tooth decay and 51 million school hours lost annually due to dental-related illnesses, we need to reconsider what we’re feeding our kids. Our experts here at Wildwood Dental are here to offer tips for Seattle-area moms and dads.

A balanced diet is a critical element of dental health, so consider your child’s teeth when packing the brown bag. Here are some smile-friendly foods to think about packing:

  • Sandwiches

    Sandwiches made with whole grain bread and packed with protein-rich foods like chicken or turkey can help teeth build enamel.

  • Veggies

    Veggies like celery and carrots, which act like a toothbrush by massaging gums and helping to eliminate bad bacteria.

  • Apples

    Apples to help stimulate the production of saliva, which helps to reduce tooth decay by lowering bacteria.

  • Bananas

    Not only are bananas easy and portable, these fruits are packed with vitamins, minerals and potassium - all great for a healthy mouth.

  • Watermelon

    Cut-up watermelon is full of gum-supporting Vitamin C.

  • Oranges

    Oranges can help control acidity levels in your mouth.

  • Strawberries

    Strawberries can act as a natural tooth whitener, complete with an astringent and vitamin C, making them a great treat for your smile.

  • Calcium-rich foods

    Calcium-rich foods like low-fat milk, yogurt and string cheese keep teeth and the jaw bone strong and protected against tooth decay.

  • Eggs & Tuna Fish

    Hard-boiled eggs and tuna fish aid in the absorption of calcium and protein.

All of these items are easy, delicious and best of all – great for teeth!

As always, brushing after a meal is recommended but isn’t always possible at school. In lieu of brushing, ask your child to rinse their mouth with water for a minute after eating to help loosen any food that may be stuck in the teeth.

We wish all of our patients a school year full of knowledge and smiles!

Do you have questions about your child’s teeth? Call to schedule an appointment with us!

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