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Smart Snacking

Healthy food and good eating habits are key to a healthy mouth. When your child is ready to begin eating solid foods, make healthy choices.

Healthy Snacking

  • Provide healthy snacks such as cheese, fruits and vegetables. Avoid juice, soda, candy and high-carbohydrate snacks such as crackers, sticky fruit rolls and pretzels. These foods feed the germs that can cause cavities.
  • When your child has a sweet or high-carbohydrate snack, brush their teeth afterward. If brushing is not possible, rinse their mouth with water.
  • Limit how often your child has juice, sweet drinks and high-carbohydrate snacks. Teeth need time to rest and repair themselves. Constant snacking on sticky foods or sipping sweet drinks throughout the day can cause tooth decay.

Bottles and Sippy Cups

  • Avoid constant use of a sippy cup, unless it is filled with water.
  • If your child uses a bottle at naps or bedtime, fill it with water only.
  • Wean your child from a bottle at 12-18 months.