Healthy eating habits lead to healthy teeth.
Like the rest of the body, the teeth, bones and the soft tissues of the mouth are best supported with a well-balanced diet.
Ideally, children should eat a variety of foods from the five major food groups. For a snack, do your best to choose nutritious foods such as vegetables, low-fat yogurt, and low-fat cheese which are healthier and better for children’s teeth.
We know that to develop healthy eating habits in children takes time. Something to consider, particularly with snacks, is how long the food remains in the mouth and how it can impact teeth. For example, hard candy or mints stay in the mouth a longer and cause longer acid attacks on tooth enamel.
Healthy habits alone are not enough for healthy teeth. It is best combined with good brushing, flossing and other oral hygiene habits.