Here are a few tooth-friendly foods to keep in mind for snacks and lunches.
Choose real fruit over fruit snacks and fruit leathers, which can cling to teeth & encourage plaque. Try bananas, apples, strawberries, grapes and mandarin oranges.
Skip starchy & salty snacks like pretzels, chips & crackers. While low in sugar, these simple starches break down into a sticky goo that can coat teeth and cause cavities. For crunchy alternatives, look to sunflower seeds, almonds and baby carrots.
Milk is a great source of calcium, but beware flavored options like chocolate or strawberry which have added sugars that can cause decay. Choose plain milk, string cheese and chunks of cheddar cheese.
Colorful veggies can be very enticing to kids. Cherry tomatoes, strips of red and orange bell peppers, snap peas and edamame are great choices that feature vitamins and minerals that are great for teeth and gums.
Other great combos include: baby carrots with hummus, sliced celery and apples with peanut butter, cheese and whole-grain crackers, and sugar-free applesauce.