Teach Your Children Healthy Eating
Once formed, a habit is hard to break and healthy eating is the perfect example! The sooner you develop good eating habits, the easier it is for you to continue them. In fact, we would advise you to start right from your child’s infancy. Remember, your child is at risk for tooth decay even before his or her first tooth is out. Here are a few healthy eating habits that help minimize dental decay: • Give your child foods that are rich in calcium and low in acids and sugars. • Encourage your children to drink milk and eat cheeses & fruits. Milk and certain cheeses have been known to offer protection against tooth decay. • Fresh fruits and vegetables, wholegrain cereals and lean meats are the best for your child’s teeth. • Do not give your child sugary snacks, cookies, dried fruit, carbonated drinks or sodas on a daily basis. An occasional treat is acceptable. You must bear in mind that a healthy diet alone will not ensure that your child’s teeth stay healthy. Good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups are very important to maintain healthy teeth. Make sure your child flosses once daily, brushes twice daily and pays a visit to their dentist twice a year. Here is one recipe that kids will simply love. French toast is not only tooth-friendly but also tasty. And even more, it is easy to make: • Egg: 1 • Milk: ¼ cup • Vanilla extract: 1-2 drops • Margarine: 1 tbsp. • Bread: 2 slices Crack the egg into a medium-size bowl and beat well. Mix in the milk and vanilla extract. Put the margarine in a frying pan and heat it on medium heat. When the margarine starts to bubble, soak each piece of bread in the egg mixture. Cook each piece in the frying pan on low heat for about 5 minutes. Once the underside turns light brown, flip it over and cook for another 5 minutes. Voila! You have your very yummy French toast! But remember – don’t smother it in syrup. Syrup, powdered sugar or other sugary topping will transform this healthy dish into something very bad for your teeth! Try using fresh fruit or sugar-free jam as a equally satisfying topping.