Sugar Free Snack Ideas for Kids

We all know that sugar contributes to tooth decay. However, there’s more to it than that. Some generally healthy foods can be worse for your teeth than, say, a chocolate bar. Timing comes into play, too. Eating sugar during a meal isn’t as bad for your teeth as a sugary snack between meals.

How Tooth Decay Works

Cavities are caused when harmful bacteria in your mouth interact with carbs that you eat. These carbs aren’t just sugar; they can also be breads, potatoes, or other starch-based foods. When they interact with bacteria, they create an acid byproduct which damages the tooth’s hard outer enamel layer.

Brushing and flossing regularly helps us to limit the amount of bacteria in our mouths, and clear out sugary food particles between meals. Our body also has natural defenses, like saliva, which neutralize the acid. However, saliva can’t do everything, and how many of us actually brush after every single thing we eat?

Improve Your Child’s Dental Health with Tooth-Healthy Snacks

Sugar eaten between meals can linger on the teeth longer and do more damage, so it’s especially important that your child’s mid-meal snacks are healthy for both their teeth and body. Remember that if it’s a carb that also sticks to teeth, like crackers or craisins, it can be just as bad as candy for your child’s teeth.

Here are some great ideas for sugar-free snacks that will help support your child’s dental health instead:

Keep a few of these snacks readily available for those inevitable moments between meals when your children want something to munch on. They’re easy to prepare, and certainly are better at curbing cavities than goldfish crackers or cheerios.

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