Strong Teeth, Strong Bones
It's essential for children to develop strong bones for many reasons, including proper growth, to prevent fractures and bone problems when they are adults, and to support their teeth. Strong teeth help children prevent tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease later in life.
Foods rich in vitamins, calcium, phosphorus, and protein are the building blocks for healthy bones and teeth. Meats, poultry, fish, dairy products, green leafy vegetables, and fresh fruits are the types of nutrient-dense foods your child needs daily.
However, many children in the U.S. are not getting enough calcium in their diet. Johns Hopkins, All Children's Hospital, says that kids need the following recommended daily calcium intake:
- Ages one to three years: 700 mg a day
- Ages four to eight: 1000 mg a day
- Ages nine to 18: 1300 mg a day
Milk, yogurt, cheese, and other dairy products are good sources of calcium, but you can also get calcium from foods like broccoli or tofu. Do your best to limit your home's soda intake and be watchful that your child isn't swapping out calcium-rich drinks for more sugary ones.