Anyone raising a child knows that snacks are a crucial part of everyday life. Whether they serve as a temporary distraction or a way to hold them over until the next meal, parents must rely on snacks. Because snacks are so important, Dr. David H. Moore, DDS wants to make sure that your child is eating snacks that are healthy for their teeth and mouth!

Snacks to avoid to prevent cavities

When shopping for your child’s snacks, you should keep in mind the effects they can have on their teeth, as well as their overall health. Snacks that are high in sugar and carbohydrates create bacteria on the teeth that leads to tooth decay. These snacks include candy, gummies, and crackers, as well as juices and sodas.

Healthy smile snack ideas

The best snacks to give your child to help protect their healthy smile, include:

  • Cheeses
  • Raw veggies
  • Apples
  • Nuts
  • Eggs, fish, lean meats

All of these foods contain vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for a healthy mouth. For example, the calcium and casein in cheese helps build and strengthen tooth enamel to prevent cavities. Phosphorus-rich snacks, like eggs and fish, help teeth grow and get stronger. Fibrous foods, such as apples and cruciferous vegetables, help stimulate the gums.

Dr. David Moore also wants to remind his Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry patients, that they should be rinsing their mouth with water after meals and snacks. Water helps wash away remaining food particles that can accumulate to create cavities and tooth decay.