You can prevent tooth decay for your child before it’s too late.
Tooth friendly food/ drinks –
- Water and Milk – these are the only “safe” drinks
- Fresh fruit
- Low-fat cheese
- Low-fat savoury crackers
- Plain unsweetened yoghurt
Food/ Drinks that can be damaging for teeth –
- Sweets and chocolate
- Dried fruit (e.g. raisins)
- Biscuits and cake
- Sugary cereals and cereal bars
- Fizzy drinks, fruit juice and squash (sweetened with sugar) – public health guidance says these drinks have no place in a child’s daily diet.
- Sweetened yoghurt
- Squeezable food pouches
- Jams, preserves and honey
- Syrups and sweet sauces
Some foods and drinks contain natural sugars that can still harm teeth. Limit these to meal times and avoid them before bedtime. Avoid sugary drinks from the beginning. Once babies taste sweetened drinks, they may not want to drink safer options like water or milk. If your child is already past this stage, speak to a health visitor for advice on how to wean your child off these drinks.
3 meals. 2 healthy snacks. Water and milk in between.
- Teeth need time to recover between eating. Don’t graze. In between meals, stick to water and milk.
- “Unhealthy food days” are a reality. Don’t worry! Just try to limit these days and start again the next day choosing healthier foods.
- Still want a sugary snack? Try to keep these to a minimum and preferably at the end of a meal.
- Avoid sugary food and drinks for at least an hour before bedtime. Make sure you brush your child’s teeth before bed.
Good brushing and healthy eating aren’t a phase, they are a lifelong habit.
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