IT’S OFTEN SAID, and health studies agree, that breakfast may be the most important meal of the day—especially for your growing child. And by the way, breakfast affects your child’s oral health too!
Popular Breakfast Choices Can Damage Smiles
Given our on-the-go lifestyles, breakfast can become an imbalanced, over-sugary meal! We don’t typically let our children (or ourselves) eat candy for breakfast—yet, sometimes we serve up popular cereals and pastries that are full of sugar. These unhealthy breakfast choices can be damaging to a child’s teeth and gums with multiplying effects if he or she isn’t brushing and flossing after breakfast.
A Balanced Breakfast Can Protect Your Child’s Smile
Your child’s mouth, like his or her body, needs nutritious food to stay healthy. A balanced breakfast rich in fruits, vegetables, fiber, and healthy proteins can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay, early tooth loss, and gum disease.
Tips For A Smile-Friendly Breakfast
- Eat whole grains (oatmeal, whole wheat bread) instead of refined grains.
- Eat firm, ripe fruits and healthier vegetables.
- Drink water or unsweetened tea to strengthen tooth enamel and help prevent tooth decay.
- Use moderation with fruit juices and smoothies—they’re typically high in sugar and can be quite acidic.
- Consider dinner for breakfast! Chicken, fish, beans, cheese, etc.
- Eat high fiber cereals with less preservatives and added sugar.
Quick, Healthy Breakfast Ideas
Breakfast Kickstarts Your Child’s Day & Healthy Smile
Encourage breakfasts that protect your child’s smile AND make him or her feel good (studies have found that breakfast affects your energy and focus). If you have ideas or recipes for healthy, balanced kid’s breakfasts, share them with us below or on Facebook!