Parents sometimes ask us – what are the best healthy snacks for kids teeth? They usually are well aware that candies and sodas are associated with cavities, but they are not always sure what to offer their kids as alternatives.
The good news is that there are plenty of delicious snack and lunch options that are healthy for your children’s teeth as well as their growing bodies.
This post is intended for general health education to empower you to make healthy choices for your family. It isn’t intended as a substitute for dental or medical care.
First, let’s start with a list of some of the top tooth-friendly, healthy snacks for kids teeth. Not only will this give you ideas about which snack foods to purchase, but it may also help you recognize other options.
Sometimes healthy foods can be bad for your child’s teeth if eaten between meals or too frequently. Since snacks are eaten between meals, we primarily recommend foods that are low in sugars, starches, and acids.
Consider drinking and rinsing the mouth with water after eating fruits or sticky snack foods. This helps further dilute the acids, starches, and sugars in the mouth.
Time healthy, sticky or acidic foods close to brushing time. Be mindful of between-meal snacks and try to opt for foods that are low in sugar, low in acid, or full of fiber.
When choosing healthy snacks for kids teeth, it helps to think about the foods you want to avoid as between-meal snacks. Some may even be healthy foods within a meal, and they just are not as ideal as between-meal snacks.
Moderation can help balance health needs with the fun and pleasure of foods. Some of the less ideal foods are fine in limited quantities within a meal shortly before brushing. Some may be fine as a sometimes treat, especially if your child rinses their mouth with plain water afterward.
Paying attention to the impact that between-meal snacks may have on your child’s oral health can inspire healthier choices and a healthier smile.
In addition to healthy eating habits, your child’s dental health requires care from a dentist. If you haven’t scheduled your child’s recommended cleaning and examination, please do so.
Charlotte-area residents trust their family’s smiles to the team at Southview Dentistry. If you live in the area and need a dentist, please give us a call.