For growing children, every meal is important. Preparing a healthy, delicious lunch for your kids can be especially difficult for some parents, since it’s usually packed and eaten on the go but still needs to provide nutrition.
At Sullivan Family Dental, we understand that, and we are committed to providing solutions for maintaining great oral healthcare. We have three great teeth-friendly lunch ideas that will help your child’s dental health while still providing a balanced, tasty meal.
1) Whole Wheat Sandwiches with Protein
Sandwiches are an easy lunch option, but they require a little bit of thought to ensure that they are healthy and balanced. In order to build enamel and strengthen your child’s teeth, consider using whole wheat bread for sandwiches and using protein-rich foods.
Protein options might include chicken, ham, or turkey. Protein is essential for oral health, as it contain phosphorus, which is a mineral related to healthy tooth enamel.
2) Grilled Veggie Kabobs
Grilled veggie kabobs are a great way to incorporate tooth-friendly vegetables while still providing a delicious meal. The kabobs can be cooked in an oven between 10-15 minutes at 400 degrees. Consider including vegetables such as onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, and zucchini.
Veggies such as zucchini contain calcium, which is an essential building block for teeth. Onions are great for killing bacteria, which is also a key component of maintaining oral health. Peppers are rich in Vitamin C, which helps gums stay healthy.
3) Fruits as Dessert
Fruit is a great, teeth-friendly dessert alternative to other super-sugary sweets out there.
Consider adding fruits such as oranges, kiwis, and strawberries as a dessert option, as these fruits help kill bacteria and promote a healthy supply of collagen in the gums according to Parents Magazine.
Providing a healthy lunch is a major step in strengthening your child’s oral health. We are happy to provide additional advice and guidance on what foods to incorporate in your child’s diet for healthy teeth and gums!
At Sullivan Family Dental, we are committed to providing the highest quality of oral healthcare possible. Please contact us to schedule your child’s next appointment with us!
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