It can be challenging to encourage healthy eating habits for your little one. Children tend to gravitate towards cookies, cakes, ice cream and of course, candy. When children consume an excess amount of sugar and fructose, their teeth are in for some trouble.
Bacteria in the mouth forms plaque on the teeth and when sugar is consumed, the bacteria turns this into acid which dissolves enamel on the tooth. This leads to cavities! When less sugar is consumed, bacteria cannot produce acid which eats at the enamel.
The best type of snacks are those that are natural and contain a very low amount of sugar.
Some healthier options are:
- Hard boiled eggs
- Plain yogurt
- Hummus & pita bread
- Raw or uncooked vegetables
- Cheese sticks
- Whole grain breads
Creating unique treats with your child is not only a fun way to bond but you’ll be teaching your child about healthy eating. It can be tough to get kids into consuming natural products but they’ll thank you for it down the road…and so will their teeth!
If you’re ready to schedule a cleaning for your child, contact Lindner Dental at 603.624.3900. Our pediatric dentists are ready to discuss healthy eating habits and get your child excited for dental appointments.