By the time a baby is a year old they will haveÂ six to eight teeth developed in their mouth, and by the time they are 2 years old, they will have around 20 teeth. Developing those teeth can become very painful for young children so it is crucial that they are eating the proper diet. Many doctors and dentists advise that children during this teething period eat plenty of foods with high calcium and fiber along with taking essential vitamins.Â
For proper tooth growth, dietary fibers are extremely important and vegetables are a rich source of these fibers. Besides helping to keep the teeth clean, the fibers also massage the gums efficiently, which means that babies will grow healthy teeth and gums. Soybeans and dasheens also help in preventing tooth decay as these foods prevent saliva which help protect the teeth.
Sugary foods should be avoided as much as possible during the teething period. Foods such as candies or cakes attract bad bacteria which can lead to tooth decay.
In contrast, foods rich with calcium including dairy and beans can help strengthen the teeth. Adding a little bit of vinegar to a child’s meal can also help during the teething process as vinegar accelerates the absorption of calcium.
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