Our office is not just concerned about your child’s dental health, we are concerned about their total health. Diets that are unhealthy for the teeth are also unhealthy for the body. Not only do we want to prevent cavities we want to prevent childhood obesity and unhealthy lifestyles. The mouth is the gateway to the body. In the Bay Area we are lucky to have a wide array of fruits and vegetables to choose from year round. Try to choose foods when they are in season and not flown in from South America. Fresh fruits and vegetables will taste better and this will encourage your child to eat them.
FALL: apples, cranberries, dates, grapes . kiwis, tangerines, papayas, passion fruit, pears, persimmons, plums, pomegranates, quinces
WINTER: kumquats. lemons, limes, pears
SPRING: apricots,blueberries, cherries, dates, mangoes, pineapples, plums, strawberries
SUMMER: apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, figs, grapes, pineapples, mangos, melons, papayas, peaches, raspberries, rhubarb, strawberries
YEAR ROUND: bananas, grapefruit, oranges
FALL: beets, green beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery root, chard, eggplant, kale onions, parsnips, peppers, spinach, winter squashes, sweet potatoes, turnips
WINTER: beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery root, chard, kale, parsnips, winter squashes, sweet potatoes, turnips
SPRING: artichokes, asparagus, fava beans, fennel, onions, peas, spinach
SUMMER: artichokes, green beans, chard, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fava beans, fennel, onions, peas, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini & summer squashes
YEAR ROUND: avocados, beans, carrots, celery, garlic, leeks, lentils. lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, potatoes, radishes
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, released on January 31, 2011, emphasize three major goals for Americans:
- Balance calories with physical activity to manage weight
- Consume more of certain foods and nutrients such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, and seafood
- Consume fewer foods with sodium (salt), saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, added sugars, and refined grains
For vegans add tofu, kale, Chinese cabbage or bok chop to smoothies to get liquid calcium to help strength teeth. The use of Arginine toothpaste can also help strengthen teeth.
Frequent ingestion of sugars and carbohydrates are risk factors in the development of tooth decay. Along with increased cavities, frequent consumption of sugar sweetened beverages and snack foods is also linked to obesity. Childhood obesity has been linked to an increase in Type II diabetes, heart disease, high blood disease, depression, low self esteem, sleep apnea and asthma.
Serve milk or water to young children. Even 100% fruit juice contains a kind of sugar called fructose. Doctors recommend young children drink no more then four to six ounces of 100% fruit juice a day.
Prevent tooth decay. Don’t put soda or other sugary drinks in baby bottles or sippy cups.
Make your own fruity, low -calorie “spa water” at home by adding strawberry or melon slices to a pitcher of water. Refrigerate until cold, kids will love it!
Did you know?
- Soda is the #1 source of added sugar in the American diet.
- Americans spend $56 billion annually on purchasing sugary soft drinks.
- U.S. teens consume twice as much soda as milk.
- The calories from drinking just one 20-ounce bottle of soda each day for a year can result in gaining over 25 extra pounds.
- Bubbly drinks, lemonade and teas are more acidic than other drinks which can soften teeth and make them more susceptible to sensitivity and decay.
Instead of soda, commit to drinking:
- Tap Water (everyday — all you want!)
- Non-fat or Low-fat Milk
- 100% Fruit Juice (limit juice to 1/2 cup daily)
- Unsweetened Iced Tea
In the Bay Area we are also very lucky to have beautiful weather to make it easy to enjoy outdoor activities, most of which are free.
East Bay Regional Parks ebparks.org
The East Bay Regional Park District spans Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco with 108,000+ acres in 65 parks including over 1,200 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature study. The Park District offers lakes, shorelines, campgrounds, visitor centers, interpretive and recreation programs, picnic areas, indoor/outdoor rental facilities, golf courses and much more.