School lunches for Healthy Teeth

    Packing a healthy lunch for your kids may sound easy, but did you know that some fruits, milk, cereals, bread, and vegetables contain sugars and/or starches? A healthy and balanced diet is essential to maintaining good oral health. Foods containing carbohydrates and sugars come in contact with the germs and bacteria ion our mouth that cause plaque.

    Plaque thrives on the starches and sugars that are found in a great deal of foods. When plaque combines with the sugars and starches, an acid is produced that attacks tooth enamel and eventually causes cavities. According to the American Dental Association, the acid attacks the teeth for 20 minutes or more.

    A healthy school lunch can help maintain good oral health and establish good nutritional habits in kids and teenagers.

    The following are foods we recommend you limit/avoid from your child’s lunch: