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Healthy Breakfast for Children: Start Their Day Right

Eliza Martinez

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, for you and for your children. A nutritious morning meal helps you fulfill your vitamin and mineral needs, wakes up your brain and body and controls your appetite later in the day. The right breakfast foods can also play a role in keeping teeth strong and sparkling. In these and other ways, providing a healthy breakfast for children provides them with the vital start to a great day.

Breakfast Options

When you eat certain foods, they leave behind bacteria on your teeth that produce acid and may lead to tooth decay. Though soda and candy are the obvious culprits, simple carbohydrates and some types of fruit cause the same problem. For breakfast, you should give your children whole grains, which are less likely to produce tooth decay. Go for whole grain cereal, topped with sliced berries and low-fat milk; whole-wheat toast with scrambled eggs and apple slices; or a bowl of oatmeal topped with chopped nuts (provided your child does not have an allergy). These meals are good for your whole body, including your mouth, which makes them great choices for a morning meal.

Foods That Neutralize Acid

Some foods actually work to neutralize acid on your children't teeth. Offering them as part of a healthy breakfast helps protect their pearly whites against the ravages of bacteria and acid. Hard cheese, such as cheddar, and nuts, provided there is no history of food allergies, are two good options. Let your child nibble on either right after their meal is finished. Certain fruits are also good for neutralizing acid; apples and pears, for example, are yummy and economical choices. Serve them with breakfast or for a nutritious "dessert" after the meal is finished.

Tooth Care After Breakfast

You've probably heard it each time you take you children to the dentist: healthy teeth rely on proper brushing, twice a day. It is important to accompany a healthy breakfast for children by making sure they brush their teeth to remove bacteria and cut down on the chances of tooth decay.

For more information on healthy foods for your teeth, visit the Colgate Oral Care Resource center.

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