Tooth-Friendly, Kid-Approved Snack Ideasby Kevin Smith Author
It’s normal for kids to snack. In between meals or after school, snacks are a great way to keep those little tummies happy. Depending on the snacks you’re choosing for your kids, you could be putting their oral health at risk. Starchy, sugary, and sticky snacks all get stuck in between the crevices in teeth, causing plaque to form. If not properly removed, this plaque can lead to decay and future dental problems. To keep your children’s teeth healthy and their tummies full, here are a few tooth-friendly snacks from your Fairbanks dentist.
If your kids cringe every time you mention veggies, it’s time to get creative! Veggies are high in anti-oxidants and vitamins, giving your kid’s immune systems a boost. Plus, they’re a great tooth-friendly snack. In fact, some veggies, like celery, help to clean teeth in between brushings. For a healthy snack option, layer some peanut butter on celery. If your kids prefer savory snacks, use a soft cheese instead. Hummus and cucumbers or carrots and ranch dressing are a few other kid-approved options.
Instead of reaching for fruit snacks or granola bars, feed your kids cheese! This protein-rich, savory option is high in calcium, a nutrient that’s excellent for the health of your children’s teeth. Studies have also shown that eating cheese helps to keep teeth cleaner. If your kids aren’t wild about cheese slices or sticks of cheese, cut them into fun shapes. Cube the cheese or use small cookie cutters to create shapes that are unique. You can even layer your cut cheese with fruit and veggies on skewers to create a snack “wand.”
If you buy smoothies at a shop or restaurant, they may be packed with sugar, ice cream, or sherbet. Instead, opt to make these frozen treats at home, using nothing but nutritious ingredients. Put Greek yogurt, milk, veggies, and fruit into a blender and pulse until smooth. If you prefer a thicker, more frozen option, throw in a cup of ice or a frozen banana. There’s no need to add sugar and your kids will go crazy as they create their own favorite recipes!
While brushing and flossing are important ways to keep your kid’s teeth healthy, feeding them nutritious food is also key. Try to phase out as much of the sugary, starchy, and sticky snacks as possible. By replacing traditional snacks with healthier options, you’ll find that your kid’s teeth are much healthier during their next visit to their Fairbanks dentist.
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