Baby Drinks for Healthy Teeth
Paying attention to good oral health of your baby is extremely important.
This way, you will ensure that your baby will develop healthy and strong teeth, and will have an overall good oral hygiene. Hydration is of paramount importance for babies. They need plenty of fluids so that their digestive system functions properly, and this way constipation can be avoided.
Breastfeeding/ Baby Formula
The first drink in the baby’s life, which is also the healthiest, is breast milk. You should breastfeed your baby for as long as possible, because this will ensure a strong immune system which will be able to fight off infections and diseases.
If your baby is on formula, make sure to select one based on whey, because it is the type of formula most complete from a nutritional point of view. The whey based baby formula is made using plenty of healthy protein from whey, instead of casein. The formula based on a higher percentage of whey protein helps promoting healthy and soft stools for your baby.
Full Fat Cow Milk
In order to develop strong bones and healthy teeth, your baby needs Calcium. The best way to get the needed amount of Calcium is from the milk. After the child turns 1 year old, you can give pasteurized, full-fat cow milk as a healthy drink to your baby.
Water is extremely important for babies, especially from six months and up. Instead of sweet drinks which contain sugars and other additives, you should give your baby water as the main drink after meals. This way, you will protect both their oral health and overall health.
Stay away from the commercially sold baby drinks with sweeteners, because those promote tooth decay. There are so many alternatives, and your baby will surely not miss these harmful drinks if you do not get it used to them.
Unsweetened fruit juices
These 100% natural juices are loaded with important vitamins, but most of the commercially produced ones contain white sugar. This ingredient promotes tooth decay, so you should offer only homemade freshly squeezed orange or apple juices without sweetening them.
You should also not offer too many such natural drinks because they are highly acidic, and can cause tooth enamel erosion. One drink per day is sufficient. You can also do a little trick and dilute the pure fruit juice with water (half juice-half water), and then you can give your baby even up to 2 or 3 such drinks per day.
Categories: Nutrition, Oral Hygiene
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