As adults, we know that the foods we eat have a large impact on the way that our body works. But what you may not realize is that the things that we put into our bodies actually has a huge impact on the health and integrity of your teeth and gums.
In our last post, we talked a bit about the impact that calcium can have on the oral health in children, but that is not the only nutrient that comes into play. There's another important vitamin whose presence (or lack thereof) is a key factor in the deterioration or the development of your child's healthy teeth.
The nutrient in question is Vitamin C. According to Everyday Health, "The body needs vitamin C to repair connective tissue and help the body fight off infection. No surprise then that a study at the State University of New York at Buffalo showed that those who eat less than the recommended 75 to 90 mg per day are 25 percent more likely to have gingivitis than those who eat three times the recommended daily allowance."
Gingivitis is the least impactful form of periodontal disease, but it can still cause discomfort as it creates red and inflamed gums, which swell and bleed easily.
The good news is that these issues can largely be avoided by eating a piece of citrus fruit or a kiwi daily, which will help your child to meet the recommended dosage of vitamin C. Simply packing an orange or grapefruit into your kid's lunch can do the trick!
To learn more about how to help promote healthy teeth and gums, as well nip any potential problems in the bud, schedule a consultation for your children with our pediatric orthodontia professionals at KidsBracesNYC.