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How to Pack A Tooth-Healthy Lunch
Consider adding an annual dental check-up to your child’s back-to-school list. It may sound surprising, but more children in the U.S. suffer from tooth decay than any other chronic infectious disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) tooth decay affects more than one-fourth of U.S. children ages 2-5 and half of those ages 12-15.
Cavities are a sign of dental disease, an infection that can negatively impact a child's overall health. If left untreated, tooth decay can impair a child’s ability to eat, speak, sleep and learn and also have strong, lasting effects on a child’s overall general health and well-being.
Visit the Infection in Your Face exhibit in Wellbody Academy's Germnasium to use interactive video technology and see how sores in your mouth and bleeding gums could be signs of gum disease that can lead to diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Experiencing this exhibit will give your child good reasons to brush, floss and go for regular dental cleanings and checkups.
And be sure to kick-start the school year with healthy snacks and a balanced diet to build a healthy body – including strong teeth! Download this handy infographic and tip sheet from Delta Dental to see which foods can help keep your teeth and mouth healthy.
Foods rich in Vitamin A, including carrots, broccoli, sweet potato and pumpkin, help form tooth enamel -- and also clean your teeth and massage your gums if eaten raw. Proteins including peanut butter, beef, chicken, eggs and turkey are rich in phosphorous which combines with calcium and Vitamin D for strong teeth and bones.
How 'bout a peanut butter and banana sandwich with milk?