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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Cute Apple Smiles Treat and Benefits of Kids & Braces ♥

So I got request's for children's snacks and healthy treats. It's important for young children to start eating healthy at a young age. That also includes keeping your teeth healthy. I know one of my friend's daughters got braces at a young age and she now has them off and looks amazing!
A great Orthodontist can help your children feel better about having the idea of braces.  They are dedicated to making the orthodontic experience exceptional and memorable for the right reasons. That includes everything from the kind-hearted approach of their Orthodontist, to the dedication and attention to detail of the entire team"It's important to show kids the positive results of getting braces. 
 I think some good before and after pictures help show children these benefits." People often say a picture is worth a thousand words. 

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that an orthodontist first evaluate a child as early as age 7 and even earlier if a parent or the family dentist notices a problem. By age 7, enough permanent teeth (first permanent molars and upper/lower incisors) have arrived for an orthodontist to evaluate relationships developing between teeth, jaw and bite. A good orthodontist can determine what, if anything, needs attention. They make use of the latest technology and newest techniques.
 Healthy eating and maintaing a healthy diet is an important part in children's teeth. The best food choices for the health of their mouth include cheeses, chicken or other meats, nuts, and milk. These foods are thought to protect tooth enamel by providing the calcium and phosphorus needed to remineralize teeth (a natural process by which minerals are redeposited in tooth enamel after being removed by acids).

Other food choices include firm/crunchy fruits (for example, apples and pears) and vegetables. These foods have a high water content, which dilutes the effects of the sugars they contain, and stimulate the flow of saliva (which helps protect against decay by washing away food particles and buffering acid). Acidic foods, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, and lemons, should be eaten as part of a larger meal to minimize the acid from them.

Poor food choices include candy -- such as lollipops, hard candies, and mints -- cookies, cakes, pies, breads, muffins, potato chips, pretzels, french fries, bananas, raisins, and other dried fruits. These foods contain large amounts of sugar and/or can stick to teeth, providing a fuel source for bacteria. In addition, cough drops should be used only when necessary as they, like sugary candy, contribute to tooth decay.

Sugar substitutes are available that look and taste like sugar; however, they are not digested the same way as sugar, so they don't "feed" the bacteria in the mouth and therefore don't produce decay-causing acids.

Here is a supercute healthy recipe using low sugar peanut butter for apple smiles! 

Ingredients ♥

 Red apples, sliced into 1/2-inch slices (about 14-16 slices per apple)
 Low Sugar All Natural Peanut butter (about 1-teaspoon per "smile")
 Sugar Free Mini marshmallows (4-5 per "smile")

Directions ♥

With a paper towel, gently wipe any excess moisture from the side of the apple slices.  Spread about 1/2-teaspoon of peanut butter  on two apple slices.  Place marshmallows along one of the  apple slices.  Sandwich the two apple slices together, with the marshmallows in the middle.  Shift it as necessary so it looks as smile-like as possible.  Serve immediately.  enjoy!♥

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