Top 6 Tooth-Friendly Foods

AppleDid you know that every time your children have a snack, the cavity-causing bacteria in their mouths have one, too? When mom and dad choose tooth-friendly foods, the risk for cavities, obesity, and diabetes goes down significantly. Increase the little ones’ odds for a cavity-free check-up with the following snack-time favorites:

  1. Water or milk. A major contributor to childhood obesity in the United States, soda is high in sugar and caffeine. Juice and sports drinks aren’t much of an improvement, loaded as they are with sugar and artificial colors. Instead, choose water or milk for essential hydration and nutrition.
  2. Fresh or frozen fruits. Kids need 1 to 2 cups of fruits a day. The vitamins in fruits are good for the teeth, while high water content helps dilute the effect of naturally occurring sugars. Choose fresh, frozen, or freeze-dried fruits as opposed to dried fruits that stick to the teeth.
  3. IFDairy treats. The calcium in dairy helps maintain strong bones, build strong teeth, and protect against tooth decay. Rather than letting them open an unhealthy bag of nacho chips, offer fresh cheese, yogurt, or cottage cheese as a yummy alternative.
  4. Crunchy veggies. Finger foods like carrots and celery are packed with vitamin A, helping the kids maintain resilient tooth enamel. As a bonus, crunching stimulates their gums and promotes saliva production.
  5. Low-sugar cereals. Sugar abounds in breakfast cereals. Choose low-sugar cereals instead, and while you’re in this aisle, skip chewy granola bars in favor of plain crackers.
  6. Jell-O. Kids love Jell-O so much, they’ll gladly sidestep candy for this tooth-friendly treat.

Need additional snack ideas? Read more of our articles on healthy, tooth-friendly foods:

6 Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas
Tasty Lunches that Are Good for Kids and Teeth
Calcium-Rich Snack Ideas

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Comments

  1. Crunchy veggies are great because they help scrub your teeth while you chew. Of course they don’t replace brushing, but they might pull some sugars and acids away and give them less time to work on your enamel.

  2. Its wonderful information about kid dental teeth, natural food are always good instead of candies or chocolate. if we try to used these tips then we could save ourselves from various teeth diseases.

  3. nice article!! we have to follow this step, thank you for posting

  4. I always suspected that food and in particular the food rich in sugar are the main factor that causes tooth decay. Thank you for the tips. I’ll try to use them as much as I can.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this! My son has a propensity for getting cavities, so I am making sure that I can help prevent that. Hopefully making food that is not too bad for his teeth will help prevent a lot of cavities. I don’t want him to have to get fillings all the time!

  6. Such an informative post!! People, who are serious about keeping teeth healthy and gum problems away, can take some good assistance from this post.

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