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Ideal Snacks for Kids Who Want to Avoid Cavities

Posted on 8/20/2019 by Fariba Mutschler
Ideal Snacks for Kids Who Want to Avoid CavitiesIt's important for your child's oral health and their overall health that they take good care of their oral hygiene. This goes beyond brushing and flossing though. The food your child eats also has a huge impact on their teeth.

Foods you Want Your Child to Avoid

Unfortunately, there are some foods your child simply shouldn't eat, or at least shouldn't eat much of or very often. This is because these foods are known to cause tooth decay and cavities. This includes sugary drinks because this sugar will turn into acid, then cause your tooth enamel to be destroyed and decay. Even drinking sugar-free diet soda and non-carbonated sports drinks are bad because of their acidic content. Other drinks you'll want to avoid for this same reason are grapefruit and lemon juice.

Chewy candy is full of sugar that can cause cavities and become stuck in the crevices of your child's teeth. Things like taffy and caramel stick for so long they're known to dissolve tooth enamel. While you may think that giving your child dried fruit would be better for them, this isn't true because they react in the same way.

Starch from white flour found in things like bread and pasta forms simple carbohydrates. Your child's body breaks these down into simple sugars that are known to cause tooth decay.

Foods you Want Your Child to Eat Instead

There are some foods that you should feed your child instead. This includes things like apples, eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, celery, carrots, green leafy vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Since we realize that your child won't always eat these things and they're bound to eat some of the foods that aren't as good for their teeth, we highly recommend they take good care of their teeth. This includes calling and scheduling routine office visits with us.
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