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Should My Kids Drink Milk?

Posted on 1/2/2024 by Weo Admin
Woman puring cereal for her child after making dental appointment at Great Grins for KIDS - Portland in Portland, ORParents are increasingly concerned about their children's diet. They want to ensure that their children have the best diet possible to give them the best chance of good overall health. Many parents watch their children's food intake, ensuring they don't eat too much sugar and that they are getting a healthy amount of fruits and vegetables. Parents are often unsure if they want their children to consume dairy products because of implications to the environment or because they have health concerns. Here are some tips for why calcium and vitamin D are so important for kids and alternative sources of calcium other than dairy products.

Why Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins for overall dental health. Vitamin D helps to keep your child's teeth strong and healthy. It allows your teeth to remain strong for a lifetime. Vitamin D and calcium keep teeth from breaking, cracking, and chipping.

Alternative Sources for Vitamin D and Calcium

What if your child doesn't like milk, they are allergic to it, or you don't agree with your children eating dairy products? No worries. There are plenty of sources of both calcium and vitamin D in other foods. For example, you can have your child drink orange juice fortified with vitamin D. You can also find vitamin D in fatty fish, such as salmon, cod, and tuna. Also, fortified cereals can add vitamin D to your child's diet.

Not sure about any of these ideas? Both cashews and hazelnuts have lots of vitamin D as well as calcium, so eating these nuts is beneficial for children. You can also give them nut butter as a healthy snack option with apples or banana slices. Kids can also drink oat milk, almond milk, and cashew milk for other sources of vitamin D. Due to there being so many sources of vitamin D available for your children, you should be able to give them plenty of opportunities for foods and beverages to make sure they have good dental health.

My daughter was a little nervous to have her dental work done but everyone in the office was super friendly and very reassuring and that helped her nervousness go away. Thanks for the excellent dental experience. ~ Lilyana G.

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