Healthy Snacks for a Healthy Smile

When your child is away at school, they are exposed to a variety of foods that may be harmful to their oral health. Take this opportunity to educate your child on fun and healthy snacks.

Don’t forget to pack the following 5 recommended healthy snacks in their lunchbox this coming fall:

No. 1 | Cheeses

Cheese is high in calcium, which promotes strong teeth. It also contains a protein called casein which strengthens tooth enamel and helps to prevent cavities. We suggest adding a couple of slices of cheese to your child’s lunch sandwich to build strong teeth. You can also buy string cheese as a fun, healthy snack.

No. 2 | Carrots

Eating carrots stimulates saliva production, which helps prevent the buildup of bad bacteria that can lead to cavities. They are full of fiber and vitamin A.  Baby carrots are a great finger food choice for on the go. Try packing a bag of baby carrots instead of chips for your child’s lunch. You can make this snack even tastier and fun with yogurt or low fat- salad dressing dip!

No. 3 | Yogurts

Like cheese, yogurt is high in calcium and casein. It also contains healthy bacteria, which helps fight the bad bacteria that can stick to your teeth and lead to cavities. You can make this snack more enjoyable by packing it along with fresh fruit and crushed up granola.

No. 4 | Apples

Apples naturally clean teeth as you eat them due to their high fibrous texture – particularly the skin. This helps fight plaque buildup, and helps remove surface stains from teeth. Apples also fight bad breath by removing traces of bad plaque and residue from the back of the tongue. We suggest adding apple slices into your child’s lunch as a dessert substitute. Keep the skin on the apple slices, so that your child gets all of the benefits.

No. 5 | Strawberries

A 3.5-ounce serving of fresh strawberries, or about five large berries, provides 98% of your daily value of Vitamin C. Ounce for ounce, strawberries are slightly higher in Vitamin C than oranges.

We suggest putting strawberries in your child’s lunchbox to prevent plaque from developing, which can cause bleeding and swelling to the gums.

 

At Advanced Children’s Dentistry, your Garden City Pediatric Dentist, we want to make sure your child is well-educated on their oral health. Call us today at (516) 758 – KIDS to reserve your child’s dental care appointment.

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