Honestly, we don’t blame kids for craving salty and sugary snacks like caramel popcorn, potato chips, lollipops, and more! But we have to make sure we’re giving kids the best foods for their health – including their dental health! We are the experts in general dentistry for children. Keep these foods in mind when making snacks and meals for the little ones.
5 Best Snacks for Your Kids’ Teeth
Raisins are nature’s candy! They contain oleanolic acid, which helps prevent cavities and gum disease. Cranberries (make sure they’re unsweetened) also help prevent plaque from sticking to your kids’ teeth. Find ways to incorporate raisins into your child’s diet. Instead of letting your kids snack on fruit snacks, give them a small box of delicious raisins instead!
A crunchy stalk of celery is great for teeth! Munching on celery’s abrasive texture is like a natural massage/cleaning for your teeth. That doesn’t mean you can avoid brushing your teeth, but it does help get rid of plaque left behind. It even helps to clean between your teeth! As experts in general dentistry for children, we know that celery also increases the flow of saliva. This makes it easier to break down food and avoid tooth decay.
Kiwis have a tremendous amount of vitamin C which helps to strengthen teeth and bones! Vitamin C is also crucial for healthy gums as it prevents gum bleeding (which then leads to gingivitis). Kids usually get a kick out of the fuzzy exterior of the kiwi too!
That fact that cheese is on this list makes me pretty happy. Cheese can raise the pH levels in your mouth, which makes the risk for tooth decay much lower. In addition to that, all of the chewing helps increase the saliva being produced in your mouth, allowing it to properly break down food.
#5 Unsalted Almonds
Almonds, much like kiwis, are very high in that sweet vitamin C we all need! They’ll help keep those teeth nice and strong. Additionally, all of the chewings create a cleaning mechanism in your mouth!
Be an advocate for your kid’s health and make sure they are eating the right things to ensure a pearly smile! Show them that eating healthy doesn’t have to be a hassle and can even be delicious! What are your favorite healthy snacks to give your family? For comments or more information, call for more info on general dentistry for children at (317) 322-1840 (East) or (317) 925-2810 (West).