Does a Baby's Early Foods Factor into Their Oral Development?
Posted on 8/10/2020 by SRD on 5th
One of the major steps for babies is their first solid food. Just like adults, food plays an important role in maintaining a healthy and strong body, which includes the oral cavity. The right kinds of food not only support healthy oral development, but also start healthy habits. Choosing the right food may seem difficult. There are so many options after all. However, picking the right first food for your baby is easier than you think.
Great First Foods for Your Baby
If you think back to when you were young, you may remember your parents telling you to drink your milk at dinner. Milk is full of calcium and supports bone growth. While babies can't drink milk, they can still benefit from the calcium in it. Instead of milk, try to feed your baby purees of green leafy vegetables. These types of vegetables have plenty of calcium in them to support the growth of strong teeth.
Another nutrient that is good for your baby's oral development is protein. Protein is found mostly in meat, but small amounts of it can also be found in other foods. One food that is baby-safe and protein rich is pureed lentils. Lentils are a superfood full of protein and other essential vitamins and nutrients. The protein in lentils will help your baby have healthy gums.
The last food your baby should be eating is carrots. If your baby likes carrots, you're in luck. Besides having vitamin A, which is great for the eyes and skin, carrots also contain a healthy dose of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps with the production of saliva. It may not seem like it, but saliva helps deter bacterial growth inside the mouth, which can lead to gum infections.
The first step in making sure your baby's oral development is going smoothly is getting a professional's help. We're here for you. Give us a call or stop by our office so we can aid in your baby's oral development.