Snacks for Healthy Teeth

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Consume Healthy Snacks to Maintain Healthy Teeth

Sugary snacks that kids enjoy so much can cause cavities. Bacteria in the mouth react with sugar in food to produce acid that can wear away tooth enamel and cause decay.

Candy, cake, cookies, and ice cream are not the only snack foods that are high in sugar. Pizza, bread, and hamburger buns can also contain large amounts of sugar. Check the nutritional label on the package. Brown sugar, honey, molasses, and syrups can produce acid just as table sugar can.

Some types of snacks are more harmful than others. Gooey and chewy foods stick to teeth and stay in the mouth longer, which exposes the teeth to sugar for a longer period of time.

The more time the teeth are exposed to sugar, the higher the chance of tooth decay. Acid forms each time a person eats food with sugar. Acid affects teeth for at least 20 minutes before it is neutralized. Snacking several times throughout the day is much worse for teeth than just eating dessert after dinner.

Before you give your child a snack, think about the amount of sugar it contains and how it could affect your child’s teeth. Parents can protect their children’s teeth and teach kids to make healthy choices when it comes to snacks.

If your child eats snacks after school, before bedtime, or at other times, offer him or her healthy foods that are low in sugar. Snacks should be chosen from a variety of food groups for good nutrition.

Fresh fruits and raw vegetables make healthy snacks. Oranges, grapefruits, melons, pineapple, pears, tangerines, broccoli, celery, carrots, cucumbers, and tomatoes are good choices.

Milk and dairy products are low in sugar and contain calcium that can strengthen teeth. Serve your child low or non-fat milk, yogurt, cheese, and cottage cheese.

Chicken, turkey, and sliced meats make healthy snacks. Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and nuts are also good for your child’s teeth.

Serve your child meals and snacks that include a variety of foods from all food groups. Be sure that your child brushes and flosses after eating to prevent cavities.

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