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A HEALTHY AFTERNOON SNACK

April 30, 2019

The eternal dilemma for manyfathers and mothers

What can our children have as asnack? How can we know what is nutritive andhealthy?

The basic components for aHealthy Breakfast are:

1.Milk: Milk helpschildren grow and be stronger. Children can take 2 to 4 dairyproducts a day depending on their age, although milk and yogurt aremostly recommended. We should also reduce those dairy products rich insaturated fat.

2.Cereals: These produce mostenergy. They can be delivered in a sandwich.Molded bread – and especially bread without edges – is a processed food and dueto its nutritional profile, it is less recommended than traditional bread. Inaddition, if they have never taken integral carbohydrates it is advisable to get childrenused to these during the snack. In this way,cholesterol and triglyceride levels will be improvedand the risk of diabetes is reduced.

3.Fruits: Theyshould be consumed whole and raw, to make the mostof their fiber, vitamins and minerals. Natural fruit juices are alsorecommended – although to a lesser extent than whole fruits due to their highsugar content – and it would be better to avoid packaged juices.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO EDUCATECHILDREN ABOUT ORAL HEALTH?

There are three fundamentalreasons why it is important to educate children about Oral Health:

1.- Cavities and gingivitis(inflammation of the gum) are the most common oral diseases affectingschoolchildren.

2.- Cavities and gingivitis canaffect even young children.

3.-Tooth decay and gingivitiscan be prevented or controlled to a large extent by brushing with fluoridetoothpaste (from the age of 6) and modifying dietary habits.

By promoting proper hygienic anddietary habits in children we can reduce tooth decay and gum disease:

1. Brush teeth and gums withfluoride toothpaste after each meal, and always at night before going to bed.

2. Reduce thefrequency and amount of sugars in foods and beverages.

3. Visit the dentist twice ayear to detect early signs of oral disease.

4.In occasions during the dentaleruption of the minors it is usual to appear bleeding and gingivalinflammation, it is important to go to the dentist and not to be alarmed.

Article by: Coordinator of AsisaDental Almería