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Back to School Lunch Options

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Erie, Harborcreek and Millcreek, PA

You did it! All of the paperwork, preparing, and shopping for school supplies, clothes, shoes, and everything else back-to-school is done, hopefully! You’ve sent your kids off to school, but are already aware that there will be days when they are sent him sick or have to miss school because of an illness. Did you know, however, that tooth decay is the number one chronic childhood disease affecting school-aged children? Children miss approximately 51 million hours of school each year because of dental-related illnesses and emergencies.

Part of maintaining healthy chompers is to keep them clean by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your family dentist in Erie for regular cleanings. But, we’d like you as parents to know that your child’s diet, and what they eat, makes a big difference in their oral health.

We’d like to share with you some back-to-school lunch ideas that are tooth-friendly

  • Sandwiches (whole grain bread only) made with chicken or turkey, or another protein-rich topping. Protein is essential for building strong dental enamel.
  • Raw, crisp veggies such as carrots or celery are great options because they essentially remove biofilm buildup from teeth, which helps decrease the risk of decay.
  • Apples act the same as those crisp veggies since they are crunchy and raw as well.
  • Bananas are a good option since they are packed with vitamins and minerals necessary for promoting good oral health.
  • Diced watermelon since it is packed with Vitamin C, which promotes healthy gums.
  • Oranges can combat acidity levels in the mouth.
  • Strawberries actually are considered a natural teeth whitener and are packed with Vitamin C, making them an excellent lunch option.
  • Low-fat milk, cheese, or yogurts are calcium-rich, which helps protect the jawbone and fight tooth decay.
  • Hard-boiled eggs and tuna fish help the body absorb calcium and protein, both of which are good for your oral health, and your body!

These are great, healthy options that can promote good oral health for your children, or even yourself! If you pack your own lunch to take with you to work, then consider adding these options in your lunchbox as well. Also, we urge parents to remember that at-home oral hygiene, as well as regular visits to the dentist, are an important part of maintaining good oral health.

If your child has not seen the dentist yet this year, now is the perfect time to bring them in for an appointment! We offer a variety of services to prevent dental health problems. Our dental hygiene team provides dental cleanings and X-rays. We also offer sealants, which can be applied to your child’s teeth to add a protective barrier against bacteria that cause tooth decay. And, fluoride applications help fortify the dental enamel to reduce the change of cavities.

To learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation, please call Laser Dentistry of Erie at (814) 825-2615. We welcome patients of all ages from the Erie area and surrounding communities.