It should come as no surprise that probably the most important part of maintaining healthy teeth is your child’s diet.The primary source of tooth decay is sugar and refined carbohydrates. Foods and drinks that are high in sugars and these carbs react with the bacteria that lives on teeth, creating harmful acids that can lead to major issues and pain for your children’s mouths.
Snacks That Cause Tooth Decay
Here is a list of snacks to avoid. Some entries, like juices, fruits, and bread, might surprise you. The problem is that even natural sugars can cause tooth decay, but this doesn’t mean that you have to cut fruits out all together. Instead just be careful to brush your children’s teeth after they eat these foods and watch the amount that they consume. Other foods, mostly processed sweets and chips should be avoided if at all possible.
- Ice Cream
- Soft Drinks
- Fruit—dried fruit especially
- Energy drinks
- Jams, Honey, Syrups
- Potato chips
Tooth Friendly Options
To make sure that your child is staying healthy, introduce some of these great snacks into their diet that will keep their mouth and everything else growing without problems.
- Fresh Vegetables: A lot of parents find success chopping carrots, celery, and other great veggies and leaving them out in place of sugary or salty packages of treats.
- Plain Yogurt: While sweetened and flavored yogurts can lead to the same problems as cookies, plain yogurt is a nutritious source of calcium that won’t cause tooth decay
- Nuts: From almonds to plain peanuts, this is a hearty snack that you can feel good about keeping around
- Cheese: Hard cheeses like cheddar, and even some softer ones like mozzarella are foods that kids love, but won’t rot their teeth like processed treats.
- Water: Try as hard as possible to keep their drinking to water only. It’s the best for them all around, but especially for keeping their teeth healthy and white.