Mouth-healthy Lunches: Tips From Our Pediatric Dentists

Food to strengthen teeth and keep the mouth healthy

There are plenty of foods that aren’t the best choice when it comes to oral health, such as sticky or sugary foods. However, there are plenty of foods that offer a wide variety of benefits and are actually beneficial for your child to eat.

Food has the power to strengthen teeth and keep the mouth healthy. Following are some foods to incorporate into your child’s lunches to promote tooth health!


While cheese has many health benefits including being a great source of protein, it’s also healthy for your teeth! It raises the pH levels in your mouth, which in turn, lowers the risk of tooth decay. Chewing also increases saliva production, and lots of chewing is involved when it comes to eating cheese.

It also has a good amount of protein and calcium, which are two nutrients that are essential to strengthening tooth enamel. This makes it a great snack to have throughout the day or to finish off a meal before bedtime.

Leafy Greens

Greens are an essential part of any diet. They’re full of vitamins and minerals vital for growth, and are also great for oral health! The vitamins and minerals help strengthen teeth, and greens are also very high in calcium, which builds enamel. Leafy greens are considered superfoods, and can help fight cavity-causing bacteria.

If your child doesn’t enjoy eating them alone, try throwing some on a pizza or adding some spinach to a berry smoothie.


Sugar in general is bad for teeth, including the sugar in fruits. However, apples are typically an exception to the rule. While apples have a lot of natural sugar, they also have plenty of water and fiber. The texture of the apple stimulates gum tissue, which in turn protects the mouth.

Eating apples also helps with saliva production, which is necessary to clean away food particles and bacteria naturally.

While apples are certainly no substitute for brushing your teeth, they do a great job at cleaning your mouth. Packing an apple for your child to have as a snack or to finish off their lunch is a great way to keep their teeth clean during the daytime.


Since yogurt is a dairy product, just like cheese, it’s also full of calcium and protein, which strengthen the teeth. Probiotics in yogurt also promote healthy gums; the good bacteria from the yogurt will overpower the bad bacteria that can lead to cavities.

However, when picking the right yogurt for your child, make sure to pay attention to the ingredients. Opt for yogurt that doesn’t have a lot of added sugars or artificial colors and flavorings.


Crunchy textures help contribute to saliva production, so carrots are the perfect food to crunch on to wash away harmful bacteria. They’re also full of fiber, which decreases the risk of cavities. If your child doesn’t like eating carrots alone, pack their favorite dip to go with it.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Making sure your child keeps up with their oral health is easy when you partner with Rio Dental & Orthodontics! Our board-certified pediatric dentists in Irving, TX, understand what children need to establish a healthy oral care routine. Our dental clinic offers a wide variety of dental treatments, from preventative care to restorative dentistry to cosmetic dentistry and more.

At your child’s bi-annual appointments, we give you all the necessary tools and information to keep up great oral habits at home. To schedule an appointment with our pediatric dental specialists today, give any of our four dental offices in Texas a call!

Client Testimonials

What Our Patients Say

Patient Info

  • Your Child's First Visit
  • Baby's First Appointment
  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Insurance
  • Finances
  • CareCredit

You can play a part in preparing your child for his or her first visit to our office. Informing your child of the visit as an exciting experience for both of you can ease any hesitations. As a parent try to act relaxed, since your child may sense any anxiety on your part.

Explain to your child that the doctor will “count, brush, and maybe take pictures of their teeth”. We also ask that you assume the role of a silent observer. Cooperation and trust must be established directly between the doctor, staff, and your child and not through you. Your child may become confused if receiving instructions from multiple sources.

We recommend bringing your baby in for their first dental appointment by their first birthday, or within 6 months of their first tooth appearing (whichever comes first). During this appointment, we will examine your baby’s mouth to track their dental development and discuss age-appropriate dental care.

It’s easy to make appointments to visit our office online or over the phone. Rio Dental sees patients both for checkups and dental emergencies. Using our online scheduler, you can select the location and time slot that works best for you for either type of appointment. If you have any questions regarding our practice, or simply prefer to make your appointment with a live member of staff, please don’t hesitate to call!

Rio Dental Group accepts most PPO insurances. We recommend that new patients and returning patients with new insurance policies reach out to us before their appointment to confirm coverage. Our Fort Worth location also sees patients who are covered by Medicaid and CHIP programs.

We don’t like surprises, either! Our staff is prepared to discuss the cost of dental services before you undergo treatment so that you know what to expect in terms of fees. The cost of your services will be due at the end of your appointment. Our office accepts payment by cash, credit card, or check.

Rio Dental Group allows patients to pay with their CareCredit card. CareCredit is a healthcare credit card designed to cover out-of-pocket costs at over 225,000 providers nationwide. After leaving the office, card holders will be able to make convenient monthly payments towards their balance. To learn more, visit the CareCredit website.

We're social

Check Us Out on Instagram

Contact Us Today!

Make An Appointment

    Farmers Branch

    2740 Valwood Pkwy #144
    Farmers Branch, TX 75234

    (972) 746 2533


    1111 W Airport Fwy #201
    Irving, TX 75062

    (972) 793-0735

    Fort Worth

    1114 N Beach St
    Fort Worth, TX 76111

    (817) 768-3838


    9310 E R L Thornton Fwy.
    Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75228

    (972) 885-8089
    Are you a patient?
    Leave us a review!