If you’re a busy parent, you may sometimes be tempted to offer your kids pre-packaged snacks and treats while you carry out some chores. While doing this occasionally could pose no harm, you should be aware of the snacks that can compromise your child’s teeth and contribute to cavities.
Soda and artificial fruit juices are never a part of a healthy diet. Letting your child consume these beverages can put them at risk for tooth decay, as these drinks also have acids that can weaken the enamel. The damage intensifies if you allow your little one to sip on these drinks throughout the day. You can dilute juice with some water, but it’s best to limit or avoid the consumption of such beverages.
The thing about starchy snacks, such as chips, cookies, and crackers, is that they can get stuck between the teeth. They fuel the bad bacteria in the mouth by assisting in acid attacks on the enamel. Regular brushing and flossing help, but there are instances when they’re not enough. It’s fine to let your child eat some starchy treats, but only do so occasionally. You should also advise them to rinse their mouth with water after eating.
Sweet and sticky snacks
Excessive sugar consumption is one of the leading causes of cavities and other health issues. Sweet sticky treats are the worst type of snack for kids, as they bathe the teeth with sugar and acid. They also linger on the teeth for a long period of time.
Choose these tooth-friendly snacks instead, which are neither too sweet nor acidic:
Nuts and popcorn
Cheese (cubed or grated)
Fruits and vegetables (just avoid frequent consumption of acidic fruits)
Be wise about choosing snacks and treats for your kids. Don’t forget to visit the dentist at least twice a year to detect cavities and other dental health problems before they get worse.