During half term we see a lot more children and one of the most common questions I find is what snacks are OK for teeth?
We all know sugar is bad for our teeth, but it’s not just how much sugar is in something. It’s also how often we have sugar during the day.
For example, it’s far better to have chocolate straight after a meal rather than one hour later. In this way it’s during the same episode rather than having two “sugar attacks”.
But there are some snacks that aren’t bad for the teeth – anything sugar free that is also not acidic.
Carrots, celery, cheese, cucumber are all fine examples of snacks that are not bad for teeth. You can have these things whenever you want without worrying about tooth decay.
Things to watch out for in half term:
Raisins (sticky sugar)
Bread sticks and crisps – saliva turns starch into sugar in your mouth
Try and make sure the last thing your child does before going to bed is to brush their teeth for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste.
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