Your child’s school is back in session, and that means lunches return into the mix of your daily to-do’s. Sometimes, you may even be too busy to put together a brown bag meal, leaving it up to your child to decide what they’d like from the cafeteria. However, many items that your school serves could put your son or daughter’s smile at risk of cavities. While your child may love their school’s cookies and chocolate milk, it’s up to you to help them protect their teeth. Read on to learn about the best school lunches you can pack for healthy smiles according to your children’s dentist in Green Bay!
But First, Some Foods to Avoid
The problem with a lot of cafeteria food is that it’s high in sugar. When sugar interacts with bacteria in the mouth, it creates acids that eat away at enamel. Because children tend to favor sugary foods, and the cafeteria items are so accessible, their school lunches may actually be hurting their teeth. That’s why you should do all you can to pack your kids healthy food, avoiding the cafeteria. Cookies, candy, sports drinks, ice cream, fruit snacks, and many other offerings contain sugars and fats that lead to higher chances of oral health issues like cavities and infection.
Easy & Healthy School Lunches
Instead of sugary cafeteria food, you can prepare your child’s lunches to help them enjoy delicious, healthy food that prevents higher risks of cavities. Use these tips to start packing lunches like a pro:
- Include low-fat dairy products like milk or yogurt because they contain calcium that strengthens teeth.
- Pack the right amount of food for their nutritional needs without overserving them.
- Give your children fruits and vegetables. These items are not only good for your children, but they also act as natural brushes that scrub away lingering plaque and stimulate saliva flow to wash away food.
- Instead of sugary juice, pack them a bottle of water or a note to get some H2O from the fountain. Most tap water contains fluoride that protects teeth from decay.
- Pack your kids a travel-sized toothbrush and floss just in case they need to clean their teeth after their lunch period.
Cavities are no match for your little one’s smile as long as you’re there, helping along the way with mouth healthy packed lunches. Just remember these tips to keep your child’s stomach full and smile clean!
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Scott N. Quandt has extensive experience and trained at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute (LVI), the Pacific Aesthetic Continuum (PAC-Live), and L.D. Pankey Institute. This allows him to provide a wide range of dental services for patients of all ages. If you have any questions, he can be reached through his website or by phone at (920) 499-6466.