What we eat and how often, can affect our teeth. When we eat foods that contain sugar, the bacteria in our mouths break down the sugar and release acids that can attack tooth enamel. Frequent snacking may mean more acid attacks and a greater risk for tooth decay. Limit between-meal sugary snacks and protect your child's teeth from decay.
If your child needs a snack, offer natural foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and nuts. Avoid processed foods such as candy, pretzels, cookies, and chips.
If your child is thirsty, offer water instead of sweetened juices and soda. Save sweets for mealtime when more saliva is produced that help rinse out food particles.
Eating a healthy balanced diet from the major food groups is good for your dental and overall health.