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Daybreak Office(801) 999-4640

Orchard Drive Office (North Salt Lake)801-951-8038

Eastgate Office (Salt Lake City)801-272-8555

Hunter Park (West Valley)801-969-9669

Oquirrh Park Office (West Jordan)801-840-4833

Jordan Ridge Office (West Jordan)801-727-8905

Vine Street Office (Murray)801-268-1135

Cottonwood Heights Office801-943-3233

Lone Peak Office (Sandy)801-553-8882

Ivory Ridge Office (Lehi)801-407-6520

Lindon Office801-769-2530

Stansbury Park Office435-843-5437

Park City Office435-649-5001

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Nutrition and Healthy Foods Guide

Maintain Your Child’s Oral Health

Establishing good eating habits in early childhood will help prevent health problems, including oral health issues, later on in life. Nutritious foods provide the right amount of vitamins and minerals to help maintain the health of the teeth and gums. Healthy foods also boost the immune system and help ward off infection, decay and disease. Nutrition For ChildrenProper eating habits will contribute to oral health that will last a lifetime. Whether your child is a toddler or an adolescent, you can take steps to encourage smart eating habits.

Early childhood tooth decay and caries (cavities) are among the most common health problems facing American infants, children and adolescents. Ingestion of sugary or acidic foods and beverages, and the prolonged contact of these substances with the teeth, contributes to the development of cavities and the prevalence of tooth decay. Oral health issues related to a poor diet are preventable. Nutritious conscious parents who limit or eliminate certain high sugar content foods and beverages from their children’s diets can help prevent cavities for their children. Children who are at a high risk for tooth decay should restrict their liquid intake to milk or water.

Parents should be conscious of alternatives for sugar laden drinks. Children active in sports should limit their intake of sugary sports drinks. We recommend the use of electrolyte enhanced water in place of such beverages.

Aside from contributing to oral health, a nutritious diet helps prevent other health issues. Increased and frequent consumption of sugary foods and beverages is linked with childhood obesity.

Five Strategies to Encourage Healthy Eating Habits:

  1. Serve a variety of healthy foods and snacks.
    Kids often eat what food is available at home. To help develop healthy eating habits for your children, work fruits, vegetables, and healthy snacks into their daily routine. Healthy snacks include foods such as: peanut butter and celery, yogurt, and whole-grain crackers and cheese. To ensure a balanced diet, serve lean meats and other sources of protein, such as eggs and nuts. Avoid low nutrient snacks such as fast food and candy. In place of sugary drinks and fruit juices, serve water and milk. Minimize your child’s soda consumption as the carbonation found in soda can actually erode tooth enamel. When soda is served, encourage your child to use a straw, which will help keep at least some of the carbonated soda away from the teeth.
  2. Have regular family meals.
    Research shows that kids who take part in regular family meals are more likely to eat healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, and grains, and are less likely to choose unhealthy snacks between meals. To encourage family meals, keep mealtime calm and pleasant with no lectures or arguing. Allow your teens to invite a friend at times and be sure to plan around a child who is at sports practice.
  3. Avoid battles over food.
    To encourage healthy eating and avoid unnecessary battles over food, establish a predictable schedule of meals and snacks. Be careful not to use food as a bribe or as a reward with your children. Avoid using dessert as the prize for eating a meal. Do not force kids to clean their plates, as doing so trains them to ignore and override the feeling of being full.
  4. Be a role model by eating healthy yourself.
    Be an example to your children and send the right message about healthy eating by choosing healthy foods yourself. Children will follow the lead of adults they see every day. Providing your own body with vitamins and minerals is important in maintaining your own oral health.
  5. Involve children in the process.
    Teach your child at a young age the importance of making nutritional choices. Talk to them about making choices and preparing a healthy meal. Look at food labels with your child to teach them how to identify a healthy or unhealthy food based on the nutritional values. Encourage them to help with age-appropriate tasks in the kitchen, such as helping to prepare healthy school lunches.

In addition to healthy eating, regular check ups with a pediatric dentist are critical in maintaining your child’s oral health. Make an appointment for your child today at one of our eight locations!

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Locations

Daybreak Office

4775 W. Daybreak Pkwy #103
South Jordan, UT 84009

(801) 999-4640

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Orchard Drive Office (North Salt Lake)

3377 Orchard Drive
Bountiful, Utah 84010

801-951-8038

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Eastgate Office (Salt Lake City)

1580 E 3900 S #110
Salt Lake City, UT 84124

801-272-8555

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Hunter Park (West Valley)

2792 South 5600 West
West Valley City, UT
84120

801-969-9669

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Oquirrh Park Office (West Jordan)

6973 South 4800 West
West Jordan, Utah 84084

801-840-4833

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Jordan Ridge Office (West Jordan)

8822 South Redwood Rd, Suite 201
West Jordan, Utah 84088

801-727-8905

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Vine Street Office (Murray)

678 E Vine Street Ste 12
Murray, Utah 84107

801-268-1135

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Cottonwood Heights Office

7138 S Highland Drive Ste 216
Cottonwood Heights, Utah 84121

801-943-3233

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Lone Peak Office (Sandy)

1030 East 11400 South
Ste #101
Sandy, Utah 84094

801-553-8882

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Ivory Ridge Office (Lehi)

3401 N Center St
Suite 250
Lehi, Utah 84043

801-407-6520

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Lindon Office

275 W 200 N
Ste 175
Lindon, UT 84042

801-769-2530

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Stansbury Park Office

220 Millpond Dr. Ste 107
Stansbury Park, Utah 84074

435-843-5437

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Park City Office

1795 Sidewinder Drive
Ste 100
Park City, Utah 84060

435-649-5001

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They were so friendly and my daughter loved them! They made sure I understood everything before doing any work. I really felt like they loved my girl and wanted to make her comfortable. I would recommend them to everyone!

- Heather H.

Love Burg!! The dentists are fantastic, able to explain exactly what is needed and why. And they talk to my boys, instead of only to me; they include then kids in the decisions. Very patient and friendly. Love the front desk staff, too.

- Jessica K.

What a great experience! My son has been terrified of going to the dentist. The staff was so kind and engaging that he didn’t even bat an eye. They were able to get more done with no tears then the past three dental offices we went to.

- Sarah P.

We love Burg Children’s Dentistry! The staff is so kind and patient and they are so gentle with the kids. My daughter is four and loves going to the dentist because they make it so fun and comfortable. I’m grateful we live close to such a great dental office!

- Claire M.

I love this place, but what is more important is that my daughter loves this place. She looks forward to going to the dentist. I did not grow up with the same experience. I’m confident that she is being taken care of on every visit.

- Sara R.

Amazing staff. From the receptionist to the doctor himself. Very patient with my fifteen month old who wouldn’t lay down to me filling out my paperwork with a newborn in tow. Our family will be returning for sure!

- Jon & Melissa L.

The staff is so great with my kids. On the way for his visit he says, “I LOVE going to the dentist!” Which is funny considering how much I dread it! Dr Nielsen is so nice and takes the time to explain everything he sees.

- Christina T.

The folks at Burg Children’s Dentistry are excellent! Our four year old daughter loves going there and they have set her up to enjoy going to the dentist for years to come! I have recommended them to friends already! Thanks for a great job guys!

- Watt C.

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