The National School Breakfast Week was March 3-7 in 2014, and this year’s theme is “Take Time for School Breakfast.” In our opinion, you should take time for your kid’s oral health the next time you prepare breakfast. As important it is for your child to have good body health, oral health shouldn’t be forgotten.

Severna Park, MD Dentist Pours Out Some TipsIn short—sip smarter for a healthier today and tomorrow.A lot of companies and online health sites will push juice, especially orange juice, as a go-to morning drink. However, some juice drinks, like ones containing oranges, typically have a high-sugar, high-acid content, which won’t be good for your child’s tooth enamel.

Some healthy drinks include milk and water. It may sound bland, but these two drinks are the best for your teeth and bones.

For example, milk can neutralize any acids left behind by certain breakfast food. That means the acid will do less damage than before. 

If your child drinks water, it washes away debris.  

Are sugary cereals or oatmeal packs the breakfast norm?

Trix, Lucky Charms, Cheerios and Fruity Pebbles may be popular with your child, but that doesn’t mean your teeth feel the same way. Refined grains aren’t healthy. Most dry cereals and oatmeal packets contain excess sweetener and preservatives. That’s not what counts as a healthy carbohydrate.

Avoid fermentable carbohydrates. These are the ones that combine with bacteria to produce cavity-causing acid.

Stick to whole grains on a daily basis. Some examples of whole grain breakfast items include:

  • Plain oatmeal
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Brown rice
  • Pick Protein

If cereal isn’t your staple breakfast, you can always treat your kids to egg whites or scrambled eggs. Eggs are rich in phosphorus, which is an important mineral for tooth enamel. 

Dentists in Severna Park, Drs. Amanda McPherson and Yeremi Canizales stress the importance of eating right and maintaining a health lifestyle, especially when it comes to your oral health.

Along with all-around better habits, regularly visiting your dentist is just as important. 

Call our Severna Park dentist office at (410) 647-4094 to schedule an appointment.