Derek Dean, DDS, MS
Glen Dean, DDS
Grant Butler, DMD

5 Healthy Snacks That Protect Kids’ Teeth

At Ruby Canyon Dental, many members of our team are parents themselves and understand firsthand the challenges that come with making sure children eat enough and eat well. Unfortunately, many of kids’ favorite foods are bad for their dental health. Foods high in sugar and simple starch are the worst cavity culprits, since bacteria create damaging acid when feeding upon them. However, we want to bust the myth that snacks can’t be both tasty and nutritious by rounding up a list of five of our favorite healthy snacks for your kids that will both nourish their body and strengthen their teeth.

  1. Watermelon
  2. Watermelon is so sweet and delicious that your child may feel like they’re eating candy, but watermelon is actually chock-full of nutrients and water that will benefit their dental health. Even better, the vitamin C in watermelon will strengthen their gum tissue and help their body fight off bacteria.

    Closeup of a cluster of cut red juice watermelon with black and white seeds on a green and white rind

  3. Oatmeal
  4. Oats contains many of the nutrients that a child’s growing body needs to develop healthy and strong, and may even help reduce your child’s risk of developing asthma. Due to their high fiber content, whole grains stabilize blood sugar and improve overall health while reducing the risk for dental infections. Pair oatmeal with fruit, nuts, and/or yogurt for an additional boost.

    Closeup of a white bowl of cooked whole-grain oatmeal toped with blueberries

  5. Yogurt
  6. Rich in calcium and protein, yogurt is a tasty snack that delivers much-needed nutrients to your child’s body. Just be sure to avoid yogurts that contain a lot of added sugar! Better yet, consider making homemade yogurt so you know exactly what’s in it.

  7. Almonds
  8. Almonds are a great on-the-go snack since they will keep young hands and mouths busy while providing protein and calcium that protect developing teeth.

    Aerial view of a small white bowl holding a handful of brown almonds on a wooden counter

  9. Celery
  10. Celery is a little like nature’s toothbrush. This crunchy, fibrous vegetable isn’t just fun to eat, it also helps clean teeth. Try spreading some peanut butter that is free of hydrogenated oils in the natural grooves of the celery for an even more satisfying snack.

Remember Daily Preventive Oral Care!

It’s OK for your kiddos to enjoy the occasional ice cream cone or piece of candy in moderation, but you should make the majority of their snacks nutritious and tooth-healthy. Moreover, teach your children to practice a superb oral care routine, which includes: brushing their teeth twice daily, brushing their tongue every day, flossing each day, drinking plenty of water, and visiting Ruby Canyon Dental every six months for a checkup. To ask our team any other questions about caring for your child’s teeth or to schedule their next appointment at our Grand Junction dental practice, contact us today.

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