Healthy eating habits lead to healthy teeth. Like the rest of the body, the teeth, bones and the soft tissues of the mouth need a well-balanced diet. Children should eat a variety of foods from the five major food groups. 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. For example, hard candy and breath mints stay in the mouth a long time, which cause longer acid attacks on tooth enamel. If your child must snack, choose nutritious foods such as vegetables, low-fat yogurt, and low-fat cheese which are healthier and better for children’s teeth.
Cavity Causing! (Sticky sweets and sticky carbs.)
• Candy (Skittles, Air Heads, Starbursts, Fruit Roll Ups, Fruit Snacks, Caramel, M & M’s, lollipops, or any candy that sticks to your teeth).
• Gum (Bubblicious Bubble Gum or any other gum that is NOT sugar free).
• Sticky Carbs. (Cheddar Goldfish, Cheetos and dry Cheerios).
• Drinks (Gatorade, Powerade, Propel, soda, and some juices).
• Gummi Vitamins
Just keep in mind, if the food you are about to eat is going to stick to your teeth, seems as though it could crack a tooth, or if it seems like it will pull a tooth right out of your mouth, it’s probably cavity causing.
Good to go!
• Milk and chocolate milk
• Original Gold Fish
• Ice cream
• Chewable vitamins
• Sugarless Gum (Trident w/xylitol)
Remember to always brush your teeth when you are finished eating and drinking.