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At UPD Dental Associates (University Pediatric Dentistry), we have an uncompromising promise to deliver dental education and awareness to the Western New York community. Below are some tips, articles and links to improve your family’s oral health. Also, make sure to come see us at local schools and events near you!

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Healthy Habits for Happy Teeth

Published on Monday, July 8, 2024

Healthy Habits for Happy Teeth

Nutritious Snack Ideas

Are you trying to keep your little ones' smiles shining bright? Well, you're in luck because, at UPD Dental Associates, we're all about healthy habits for happy teeth! Today, we're dishing out some deliciously nutritious snack ideas to make you and your kids smile from ear to ear:

1. Crunchy Veggie Sticks with Hummus 

Swap out greasy potato chips for crunchy veggie sticks like carrots, celery, and bell peppers. These veggies are packed with vitamins and minerals that promote strong teeth and gums, while hummus adds a creamy and flavorful dip that your kids will love [1]. 

2. Cheese and Whole Grain Crackers 

Cheese is delicious and high in calcium, which strengthens tooth enamel and helps prevent cavities. Pair it with whole grain crackers for a satisfying and tooth-friendly snack perfect for on-the-go [2]. 

3. Yogurt Parfait with Fresh Fruit 

Layer creamy yogurt with fresh berries and granola to create a fun and colorful yogurt parfait. Yogurt is rich in probiotics, promoting good bacteria in the mouth, while berries are low in sugar and antioxidants that benefit oral health [3]. 

4. Apple Slices  

Apples can be good for your teeth. They contain vitamins and antioxidants that are good for your gums and can help prevent plaque and bacteria. Spread a thin layer of nut butter on apple slices for a tasty and nutritious snack that satisfies sweet cravings without harming teeth. [4]  Did you know that many nut butter help provide plant-based protein, healthy fats, and antioxidants?  Some of the healthiest include pistachio, walnut, and cashew. They each have their health benefits. [5] 

5. Homemade Trail Mix 

Mix various tooth-friendly ingredients such as unsalted nuts, seeds, and dried fruits to create a custom trail mix that your kids will go nuts for (no pun intended). Nuts and seeds provide high levels of calcium and phosphorus, which help strengthen tooth enamel, while dried fruits provide natural sweetness without added sugars [5]. 

Incorporating these smile-friendly snacks into your child's diet can promote good oral health while satisfying their hunger and cravings. Remember to encourage regular brushing and flossing habits and routine dental checkups to keep their smiles sparkling bright. 

At University Pediatric Dentistry Dental Associates, we're committed to helping your child achieve a lifetime of healthy smiles. With our expert care and your dedication to their dental health, your little ones can enjoy delicious snacks without compromising their teeth. 

Resources:

  1. "Hummus with Veggie Sticks” fitelo.co [https://fitelo.co/weight-loss/recipes/vegetable-sticks-with-hummus/

  1. “Are Cheese & Crackers Healthy?” Livestrong [https://www.livestrong.com/article/435494-are-cheese-crackers-healthy/

  1. "Is Yogurt Parfait Healthy?” Livestrong [https://www.livestrong.com/article/158996-why-is-yogurt-parfait-so-healthy/

  1. “Are Apples Good for your Teeth” Rejuv-health [https://www.rejuv-health.com/nutrition-and-oral-health/are-apples-good-for-teeth/

  1. "How to Choose the Best Nut Butter for you” verywellhealth [https://www.verywellhealth.com/choosing-the-best-nut-butter-7560516

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