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National Children’s Dental Health Month
Smile. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. And while we know daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing are essential to a healthy smile, nutrition has an effect on your dental health, too.
Eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods from all the food groups promotes healthy teeth. For example, calcium-rich foods, such as low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt and cheese; fortified soy and rice drinks; canned salmon; almonds; and dark green leafy vegetables help promote strong teeth as well as bones. Phosphorus, found in eggs, fish, lean meat and dairy products, is good for strong teeth.
And don't forget your gums. Vitamin C promotes gum health, so make sure you eat plenty of potatoes, citrus fruits, tomatoes, fortified juice drinks (with no sugar added), broccoli and spinach.
For more information on how nutrition is an integral component of good oral health, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit Kids Eat Right.
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Reviewed December 2012