All of us at Haring Pediatric Dental would like to remind our patients that March is National Nutrition Month. Although dentists and nutrition may seem unrelated, nutrition plays a vital role in oral health. This is especially true for children and their development. What we eat affects every aspect of our bodies, from our heads to our toes, which is why it is so important to fill our bodies with nutrients that can make feel healthier and our bodies stronger. Sugar is one of the biggest enemies when it comes to overall health, as well as oral health. Children who consume too much sugar, such as soda, candy, sweets, can cause children to feel sluggish or sick. It can also lead to an increased risk of diabetes and provides no nutritional value to a growing body. It also causes tooth decay and lead to cavities. It’s important to limit the amount of sugar your child consumes by cutting down on sugary drinks or adding water to juice and reducing the number of sweets they eat. Providing fresh fruit is a great substitute and offers significant nutritional value with vitamins and minerals. Although it can be difficult with little ones, try to incorporate an array of vegetables in their diet as well. Veggies provide vitamins and minerals that help teeth to stay strong. As parents, it’s vital for us to teach our children how significant the impacts of healthy eating are and at Haring Pediatric Dental we want to take every step we can to ensure our patients have strong teeth, healthy gums, and a beautiful smile. For more information about National Nutrition month visit https://www.eatright.org/food/resources/national-nutrition-month.