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Snacking: A Slippery Slope to Cavities

child drinking from a sippy cup

Your child’s diet can affect his or her teeth. And sugar isn’t the only culprit; many snack foods are to blame, too. Here are some healthy nutrition habits to help protect baby teeth:

  • Don’t give kids soda in a sippy cup. This encourages them to nurse it all afternoon, leaving sugar on the teeth. Instead, give kids calcium-rich low-fat milk.

  • Limit sweet snacks, crackers, potato chips, and other starchy foods.

  • Avoid gooey or chewy sweets. They stay on the teeth longer than foods that your child will swallow quickly.

  • Have sweets as a dessert after a meal instead of between meals.

“Dental Hygiene: How to Care for Your Child's Teeth.” American Academy of Family Physicians, November 2010. 2013.

“What Foods Cause Tooth Decay in Children?” Know Your Teeth, American Academy of General Dentistry, January 2012. 2013.

“Child Dental Health.” Medline Plus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, July 12, 2013. 2013.

“Snack Smart for Healthy Teeth.” National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health. 2013.

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