School is in session and it’s time to stock up on healthy items for your kid’s lunch boxes. You want to keep in mind the best foods both for the health of their bodies and the strength of their teeth. Here at Denver Dental, we have a few suggestions.

Overly starchy or sugary foods are also the primary cause of enamel damaging plaque. Germs and bacteria feed off these substances, creating an environment for acids to form. These acids have the potential to wear at teeth for up to 20 minutes!

For a naturally sweet alternative to candy and excessively sugary snacks, try fruits like apples or blueberries. When making a sandwich, stick to whole wheat or multigrain breads that are low in sugar.

Dairy is also a great source of calcium to help build strong bones and teeth, but some cheeses can carry a great deal of fat along with them. Seek out low calorie or reduced calorie options for cheeses, milk, and yogurt to add to your child’s lunch.

Lunch is also a good time for your child to hydrate during the school day. Sodas and excessively sweetened juice drinks should be avoided. Water is the best alternative, but homemade lemonade can also be a great way to control the amount of sugar in your child’s drink.

Packing your child’s lunch can be a way to control how they eat during the day, but healthy eating habits should be reinforced in the home. Eating well at home and maintaining regular cleaning visits with Dr. Grabiak can inspire healthy living for a lifetime, helping your children make their own healthy food choices in the future.