Snacking: A Slippery Slope to Cavities
Your child’s diet can affect his or her teeth.1 And sugar isn’t the only culprit; many snack foods are to blame, too.2 Here are some healthy nutrition habits to help protect baby teeth:
Don’t give kids soda in a sippy cup.2 This encourages them to nurse it all afternoon, leaving sugar on the teeth.2 Instead, give kids calcium-rich low-fat milk.3
Limit sweet snacks, crackers, potato chips, and other starchy foods.2,3
Avoid gooey or chewy sweets.4 They stay on the teeth longer than foods that your child will swallow quickly.4
Have sweets as a dessert after a meal instead of between meals.4
1 “Dental Hygiene: How to Care for Your Child's Teeth.” American Academy of Family Physicians, June 2007. familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/children/parents/kidshealthy/healthy-choice/227.printerview.html Accessed 2010.
2 “What Foods Cause Tooth Decay in Children?” American Academy of General Dentistry, February 2007. www.agd.org/public/oralhealth/Default.asp?IssID=295&Topic=C&ArtID=1161 Accessed 2010.
3“Child Dental Health.” U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, September 25, 2008 . www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/childdentalhealth.html Accessed 2010.
4 “Snack Smart for Healthy Teeth.” National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, August 1, 2008. http://www.nidr.nih.gov/health/pubs/snaksmrt/sec4.htm Accessed 2010.
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Eakle, Stephan W., DDS
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