As your infant starts consuming solid food, it may be difficult to find foods that are both convenient and healthy for your baby’s teeth. There are tons of choices on the market and they’re all advertised to be the best choice for your baby. It can be overwhelming trying to differentiate which foods are actually the most beneficial for your growing child.
At Kids Healthy Teeth, our Katy pediatric dentist is educated in nutrition for dental health and early infant oral care. She can help you choose delicious, tooth-friendly foods as your child grows older! Below are some of her favorite whole fruits and vegetables that young children love to eat when they’re just starting solids.
One of the first foods that most parents introduce to their children is banana. No surprise there! Bananas are sweet, soft, and super packed with vitamins and nutrients that make the perfect snack for babies. They have Vitamin C and fiber, which promote the development of healthy gums and digestive systems. Not only that, bananas are low in sodium, cholesterol and saturated fat. Parents should note that bananas do contain natural fruit sugar, so it’s a good idea to wipe your baby’s mouth and teeth clean after eating to avoid cavities. Letting your child drink water after meals can also rinse away unwanted plaque as well.
Another superfood you can easily add to a baby’s diet is sweet potato. This amazing root vegetable contains a high concentration of Vitamin A to promote healthy teeth and gum development. Vitamin A maintains the mucous membrane and soft tissue in gums. It also promotes the growth of tooth enamel through keratin production. Keratin is a protein that is essential to generating tooth enamel. Since babies need to eat soft foods, we recommend peeling, boiling, and mashing sweet potatoes into paste for your child to consume.
Avocados are a versatile fruit that can be prepared both sweet and savory. These nutrient-dense fruits provide tons of benefits for kids. They’re full of B Vitamins, which can prevent gum disease. Like bananas, they contain Vitamin C and folate for overall gum health. . Babies love avocados because of their rich, creamy taste and texture. Ripe avocados are the perfect consistency for kids, but if yours aren’t quite there yet, you can simply mash up your avocado and spoon it to your child.
The term “Winter Squash” actually refers to a family of different squash varieties, such as Acorn, Butternut, Spaghetti, and Calabaza. Generally, these winter vegetables are bursting with dental and overall health benefits. They contain vitamins and minerals, including Vitamins C and calcium, that are excellent for your baby’s oral health. Better yet, they can be served both raw and baked for kids because their texture is so soft. If your baby only has a few teeth, you can also blend the squash for maximum squish. Don’t forget to remove the seeds, too!
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Your pediatric dentist can provide you with more suggestions and advice about what to feed your child as their teeth begin to erupt. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry encourages parents to establish a dental home for their children before their first birthday or by the time they get their first tooth. At Kids Healthy Teeth, we specialize in treating children and making them feel comfortable in our office. Our pediatric dentist in Katy is well known for her being great with kids and even better with their teeth! Schedule an appointment today, and take the first step to helping your child achieve a healthy, strong smile and great oral health.