Palos Pediatric Dentistry

Your Child's Diet and Oral Health

May 17, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Richard Facko
smiling little girl | Children's Dentist Palos Heights IL

Every parent wants a healthy and comfortable smile for their child. Part of achieving a healthy, happy smile for a lifetime is practicing good home care habits. Your child’s diet plays a large role in the health of their teeth and gums throughout their lifetimes. As part of your child’s oral health care routine, our Palos Heights pediatric dentist office is a great educational source for your little one’s oral health.

Keeping Your Child Healthy

Much of what will keep your child nutritionally healthy in body goes for their teeth, as well. Having a well-balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains is the key to good health! Just like adults, kids love variety and implementing whole foods from every color of the rainbow and variety will be a good way to approach your child’s nutrition.

What to Avoid To Keep Teeth in Good Shape

Some of the things to avoid to keep your child’s smile healthy include processed, sugary, starchy snacks, and acidic beverages that contain sugar - including fruit juice. The most common preventable childhood disease is dental decay. Because our culture has fast, convenient, and often sugar-laden foods, it can be a challenge to make those healthy choices. 

The bacteria that cause decay food on the food particles in your child’s mouth. Their favorite food source is sugar. Cutting out candy is not enough, however, because sugar is found in cereals, sodas, juice, and even bread. Starchy foods begin to convert to sugar in the mouth because of our digestive enzymes.

By avoiding these sticky, starchy, and sugary snacks (or at the very least, brushing your child’s teeth after they eat them) you can help to prevent decay.

We use the latest technology to diagnose dental conditions early so we can treat them while they are small, less expensive, and less invasive. By taking a preventive approach to dental care, we can protect your little one’s smile!


Contact Us

Are you looking for a Palos Heights pediatric dentist? Give us a call! We look forward to meeting you and your child.

Related Blog Posts
July 30, 2018
Sealants: What They Are and Why We Might Recommend Them for Your Child
Girl at Pool | Dental Sealants Palos Heights IL

If you have children, you want to do everything you can to prevent them from developing cavities. To that end, your Palos Heights, IL dentist might recommend sealant treatment. What are sealants? And are they worth it for your child?

Let’s take a look at dental sealants.

What They Are

Essentially, a sealant ...

January 31, 2018
What Parents Should Know about Fluoride Varnish
fluoride varnish | palos heights dentist

Get your child on the right track for healthy teeth and gums from an early age. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that children go to the dentist by the time their first tooth comes in or they reach the age of one year (whichever comes first). We invite you ...

October 2, 2017
Back-to-School: Packing a Lunch for a Healthier Smile
baby with toothbrush | pediatric dentistry | palos heights IL

It’s tough for parents to plan every meal. A lot goes into planning something nutritious and tasty for the every member of the family. If you follow a few guidelines, however, it is easy to avoid the foods that can negatively impact your teeth.

Ditch the Juice

While juice may seem like ...

If you have difficulty using our website, please email us or call us at (708) 263-6708
View the ADA Accessibility Statement