YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT (ESPECIALLY YOUR TEETH).
When picking a snack for your child, consider how sticky it is to eat or chew. If you have difficulty cleaning a raisin off your teeth with your tongue, imagine how hard it will be for your little one – it may remain in the grooves of the teeth for a long time. Here are some healthy snack ideas:
- Whole fruits. Try to avoid dried fruits as they’re stickier and any kind of sugar can cause cavities if they stay on the teeth for too long.
- Vegetables. All-day, every day.
- Yogurt without added sugar. Try to avoid the drinkable or tube yogurts that are targeted to children as these contain a high amount of refined carbohydrates that can easily cause cavities.
- You love cheese, they love cheese.
- Take care with nuts if your child has allergies and always serve them appropriately for the age of your child since nuts are a serious choking hazard.
Parents have a never-ending list of things to worry about so be realistic about the nutrients your child needs – even sugar. Your kids can consume sugar in moderation but be careful of sugar intake throughout a day or week.