How To Get Children To Eat Tooth-Friendly Foods

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Your child's diet and their oral health go hand in hand. However, we know just how difficult it can be to get your picky eaters to try new, healthy foods. Parents, if you find yourself in a sticky situation, try out these tips to get your little ones to choose tooth friendly foods!

Don't take no for an answer.
Did you know it could take as many as 15 times for a child to try a food before they actually like it? Most children will reject new foods immediately, however, it's important for parents not to give up! Your child may like broccoli raw instead of cooked or canned vegetables as opposed to frozen. It may take some time, but eventually you will find the winning combination.

Be selective with seasoning.
Seasoning is a toss up. There are some children that may love seasoned foods, and others who won't touch them. Try to introduce foods both seasoned and unseasoned and let your child choose which one they prefer.

Got milk?
Recent studies have found that when children consumes milk alongside sugary foods and carbohydrates, it can help avoid acid attacks. While water is also a good choice, be sure to avoid juices all together.

Although crunchy and delicious fruits and vegetables are tooth-friendly, they can be difficult for many young children to eat. When introducing these foods to your children, be sure to supervise to ensure they can handle it. For example, apples with tough skin should be cut into slices with the skin removed.

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