In past posts, we discussed the importance of calcium and vitamin C to the healthy growth and function of anyone's teeth and gums, but especially those of children who are still developing their adult set.

When it comes to maintaining a beautiful smile and overall oral health, there are certain food groups and beverages that you should make sure to have as a major part of your child's diet. Whether you are packing a lunch for the kiddies, or are making dinner for the whole family, be sure that you keep these points in mind:

Fruits and Vegetables: "Crunchy fruit and veggies — like apples, pears, celery, and carrots — are excellent for your teeth in two ways," writes Everyday Health. "The crisp texture acts as a detergent on teeth, wiping away bacteria that can cause plaque. Plus these foods require a lot of chewing, which increases the production of bacteria-neutralizing saliva."

Tea: Like coffee, tea could possibly stain teeth if you aren't diligent about having your children brush after each cup. But with decaffeinated options, tea makes for a great winter beverage for kids. Not to mention, there are positive health benefits to drinking certain types of tea. According to the University of Illinois College of Dentistry, there are compounds in black tea that can act as a deterrent for cavity-causing bacteria in plaque, helping to prevent cavities and gum disease.

Stay tuned to our blog for more information on the best practices for maintaining a tooth and gum-friendly diet for your kids' health. To learn how KidsBracesNYC can help your child have the most beautiful smile, contact us today!