4 Snack Ideas for a Healthy Mouth
Good dental care for your children goes beyond just brushing and flossing. There is so much more you can do as a parent! Feeding them a good diet and providing healthy snack options can make a huge difference for maintaining a beautiful smile.
Foods that are low in fat and low in sugar are the kinds of snacks you want to focus on. Foods with high amounts of sugar and starchy foods like breads (which are high in carbohydrates, which break down into sugar) increase mouth bacteria that attack tooth enamel and demineralize teeth. These are some things to keep in mind when buying foods for your family.
Here are a few snack ideas that are good for your child’s teeth:
1. Low-fat yogurt with fruit. This is a perfect snack for your child. Let them pick out what flavor yogurt they want and fruit to make them feel like they made it themselves. It’s a good way to get them excited about their food.
2. Fresh Fruits. Fresh fruits are so easy to find, especially with all the local farmers markets available these days. Take your child with you and have them pick out their favorites – that way you know they will eat it when it comes to snack time.
3. Cheese and apples. This classic combo is a perfect snack for your little one. Cut them up ahead of time so it’s an easy grab and go.
4. Dips and Veggies. Whether you make your own dip or use hummus, this is a good way to show your child that they can have a tasty, but also healthy treat. Give them their favorite veggies, whole wheat pita triangles and let them snack away. This is a great alternative to chips and dips.
These are just 4 ideas among the many healthy snacks available for your child to eat. Starting your children on a healthy path by teaching them healthy habits now will be better for them in the long run. For more ideas on how to keep your child’s mouth healthy, contact our office today at 502-231-1418!