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How to Ensure Your Child’s Packed Lunch is Tooth-Friendly

Did you realise that your child’s general and oral health are closely linked? Ensuring they eat healthily, even while at school will help to keep their teeth and gums in great shape.

Calcium

Calcium helps bones and teeth to remain strong, so include dairy-rich foods such as cheese, milk and sugar-free yoghurts.

Protein

Protein helps to keep tooth enamel strong and resistant to decay. Good choices of lean protein include chicken or turkey, which tastes great in whole-wheat sandwiches.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential for healthy gums, helping the body to produce collagen. Good sources include citrus fruits and red peppers.

Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables Fight Bacteria

Crunchy fruits and vegetables such as crisp apples, celery or carrot sticks are full of nutrients and fibre and take longer to chew. The fibre has a slight scrubbing action on teeth while chewing for longer stimulates saliva production, which naturally helps to protect oral health.

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