Healthy Snacks for Healthy Teeth

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Healthy eating habits lead to healthy teeth. A well-balanced diet plays a large role in the health of your child’s teeth and gums. Children love to snack. Most snacks that children eat can lead to cavity formation. The more frequently a child snacks, the greater the chance for tooth decay. How long food remains in the mouth also plays a role. If your child must snack, try to limit snacking to once or twice a day. Choose nutritious foods such as raw vegetables, low-fat yogurt, and low-fat cheese which are healthier and better for children’s teeth.

Here is a list of good snacks, bad snacks, and “ok occasionally” snacks:

Fresh fruitGood Snacks:

  • Cheddar cheese
  • Fresh fruit
  • Raw veggies
  • Popcorn
  • Nuts
  • Milk

Bad Snacks:

  • Sticky candy
  • Fruit roll ups
  • Soda
  • Granola bars
  • Dried fruits
  • Potato chips

Ok Occasionally:

  • Oatmeal cookies
  • Butter cookies
  • Ice cream
  • Chocolate
  • Raisins