What 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 can contain hidden sugars that raise the acid levels in the mouth, making tooth decay more likely.
Tooth friendly drinks:
- 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)
Foods that are tooth friendly include:
- Firm and crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, pears, celery and carrots
- Chicken, turkey and other meats
Some foods can also cause tooth decay.
Foods to limit or avoid include:
- Hard or sticky candies
- Raisins and other dried fruits
- Potato chips
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.
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