Swap Out These Common Snacks to Improve Dental Health
As a busy parent, you probably spend a lot of time preparing fast snacks for your kids, sometimes to take to school and other times for around the home or while traveling. There’s nothing wrong with quick snacks. In fact, some can be really good for a child’s teeth. Unfortunately, many common snacks are bad for teeth and can promote cavities. Here are a few snacks to be sure to swap out with healthier options.
Canned and Other Packaged Fruit
Those little fruit cups with the plastic pullback tops may seem like a healthy option (it’s fruit, right?), but they are often packed in syrup. Even if the can or other container says that it’s in “light syrup,” more sugar is still being added to the natural sugar in the fruit. If you want to give your kids fruit as a snack, always opt for fresh fruit.
Fruit Juices Are High in Sugar
Even if the juice you select is 100% fruit juice and doesn’t contain additional sweeteners such as corn syrup, it still contains a lot of sugar. Since snacks are often consumed when away from an opportunity to brush, these sugars can coat teeth for a long time and lead to bacteria growth. Water is always the best option, but if you do decide to give your kids fruit juice, opt for 100% juices with no sugar added and then water the juice down to reduce the amount of sugar being consumed.
Starches Provide Sugar for Bacteria
Potato chips and other starchy snacks aren’t just full of fat. Since they are high in starch and may get caught between the teeth, they can also provide the sugars that promote the growth of harmful mouth bacteria. If your child wants a crunchy snack, try raw veggies with a dip.
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