Healthy foods and drink choices.

2.1.4 African American Boy Eating Apple with Other ChildrenWhat you offer your child to eat and drink can have a big impact on his/her teeth. Some foods are more likely to cause tooth decay than others. It is important that your child eats a healthy, tooth friendly diet.

 

 

Drinks:
Drinks can contain hidden sugars that raise the acid levels in the mouth, making tooth decay more likely.

2.1.4 Older Child Holding a Bunch of CarrotsTooth friendly drinks:

  • Milk
  • Water (especially fluoridated)
  • Unsweetened decaffeinated tea

Drinks to limit or avoid include:

  • Juices (limit to no more than 4-6 ounces of 100% fruit juice at mealtimes only)
  • Soda (avoid)
  • Sports drinks like Gatorade (avoid)
  • Lemonade (avoid)

Snack Foods:
Foods that are tooth friendly include:

  • Firm and crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, pears, celery and carrots
  • Cheese
  • Chicken, turkey and other meats
  • Nuts

Some foods can also cause tooth decay.

2.1.4 Ethnic Baby Boy Eating Strawberries

Foods to limit or avoid include:

  • Hard or sticky candies
  • Cookies
  • Raisins and other dried fruits
  • Potato chips
  • Pretzels
  • Crackers

These foods cling to teeth.  As long as they are on the teeth, cavities can form.  If your child eats these foods, serve them only at mealtimes or on special occasions.

For more information on good nutrition, click here to go to the Let’s Go! website.

Your job is to offer your child a wide variety of healthy food options. Limiting foods with sugars to mealtimes reduces your child’s chance of getting cavities.

Next time you are food shopping, read the labels on the packages to avoid hidden sugars. Choose tooth friendly options for your child!