Healthy Snacks to Prevent Tooth Decay in Kids
Understanding Tooth Decay
Sticky and Sweet: A Good Treat?
- Soda and juices
Teeth-Friendly Snack Options
Fruits and Vegetables
- Melons (eg, watermelon)
- Monterey Jack
Other Healthy Teeth Tips
- Limit snacking. Snacking between meals limits the amount of time saliva has to wash away food. This means more food remains in the mouth for bacteria to process. If possible, limit snack time to no more than one or two times a day.
- Brush teeth. Have your child brush his teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day. Your child should also brush after every snack and after taking medicine (since some medicines contain sugar). It is also a good idea to floss at least once a day. If brushing or flossing is not possible, have your child rinse with water after snacking to wash away food particles.
- Build strong teeth. Give your child foods that will build strong teeth, like broccoli, plain yogurt, and milk.
- See the dentist. Schedule regular dental check-ups for your child.
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry http://www.aapd.org/
American Dental Association http://www.ada.org/
American Dietetic Association http://www.eatright.org/
Canadian Dental Association http://www.cda-adc.ca/
The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association http://www.cdha.ca/
Dietitians of Canada http://www.dietitians.ca/
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Smart snacking: treats can be treacherous. Oral Health Kansas website. Available at: http://www.oralhealthkansas.org/pdf/Populations/Snacking-MN%20-%20Copy.pdf. Accessed August 3, 2011.
- Reviewer: Laura Morris-Olson, DMD
- Review Date: 08/2011 -
- Update Date: 08/31/2011 -