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Essential Vitamins and Minerals Every Growing Child Needs

Pain Free Dentistry

Essential Vitamins and Minerals Every Growing Child Needs

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Summer vacation is now officially in full swing. Cookouts, the ice cream man, and running to and from the pool, beach, or camp might make fitting in a proper meal difficult. Healthy eating is crucial for everyone, but children must get their recommended daily allowances of bone-growing, muscle-strengthening vitamins and minerals.

Here are some essential nutrients and their natural sources to help your child stay healthy this summer:

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Vitamin A – One of the best vitamins for overall oral health is vitamin A. It helps keep saliva flowing and promotes a healthy mucous lining in the mouth that coats cheeks and gums, making them less susceptible to infection and disease. Foods rich in vitamin A include carrots, eggs, sweet potatoes, and fish.

Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps heal gums and fights inflammation. It allows the body to produce collagen, which helps with cell repair and speeds the healing process. Foods rich in Vitamin C include oranges, grapefruit, and kiwi.

Vitamin D – Vitamin D helps your intestines absorb more calcium and helps make bones and teeth dense and robust, preventing fractures. Foods rich in vitamin D include eggs, fish, and dairy products like cheese and fortified milk.

Vitamin E – One of nature’s most excellent antioxidants, Vitamin E has also been linked to preventing periodontal disease by decreasing inflammation in the mouth. Foods rich in vitamin E include nuts and seeds, vegetable oils, wheat germ, leafy green vegetables, fish, and avocado.

Calcium – Calcium is an essential mineral for a developing body. Calcium helps the body build and maintain strong teeth and bones. Calcium is found in dairy products like milk and cheese. Cheese is essential because it contains casein, a protein that helps strengthen tooth enamel!

Iron helps maintain your red blood cell count so your body can fight disease and infection. Iron-rich foods include eggs, seafood, red meats, bread, green leafy vegetables, and enriched cereals.

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Magnesium – Magnesium plays a critical role in building healthy teeth and bones by helping the body absorb calcium. Foods rich in magnesium include nuts, whole grains, beans, seeds, and dark leafy vegetables.

Phosphorus plays a critical role by naturally protecting and rebuilding tooth enamel. Foods rich in phosphorus include red meat, poultry, fish, and eggs.

Potassium guards against weakening bones like your jaw, but it is also essential to helping your blood clot. Foods high in potassium include legumes, dark, leafy green vegetables, squash, yogurt, milk, cheese, mushrooms, bananas, and avocados.

One of the best ways to care for your child’s teeth and bones is to help them get the proper nutrition. During the fast-paced summer months, reaching for something quick or grabbing fast food might be tempting, but it’s rarely healthy and doesn’t offer many nutrients. By giving your child the proper nutrition they need now, you’ll help provide them with a lifetime of happy, active summers.

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