Your child needs a well-balanced diet in order to grow healthy teeth and bones. To help them eat well, start with incorporating a wide variety of foods from all of the major food groups. Better yet, incorporate as many whole foods as you can into their diet.
Also, carefully consider what snacks you give your child. Most store bought snacks are sugary and can lead to tooth decay. In fact, the more often your child snacks, the more likely they’ll form cavities.
Something you may not have considered but is equally important is how long food stays in your child’s mouth. The longer food is in the mouth, the higher chances of tooth decay. An example would be eating sugary candy. If your child eats gummy bears, they will probably stay in the mouth less than hard candy like mints. Keeping food in the mouth longer can potentially cause more acid attacks on the tooth.
Choosing snacks doesn’t have to be a chore. As long as you pick nutritious foods such as vegetables and low-fat dairy (such as cheese sticks and yogurt), you can help your child reduce the risk of cavities.