- Fruits: Banana, Orange, Apple (No Raisins or Dates)
- Vegetables: Carrots, Celery, Broccoli
- Popcorn (Watch for kernels!)
- Lemonade (With artificial sweetener.)
- Fruit Juice (Non-sweetened)
- Peanut Butter (Try with celery or apples.)
- Sugarless Gum
- Sugar Free Soft Drinks
- Boiled Eggs
Substituting these for candy or cookies will help stop the decay process. These things must be readily available to your child, i.e., refrigerator or pantry, since there will be times when you will be unable to prepare a snack for them.
The more often the teeth are exposed to acid, the longer the total action of the acid and the greater the susceptibility to decay.
When sweets are selected, it is wise to remember that sweets with the longest retention period in the mouth are the most harmful. Examples of this are hard candy, bubble gum, cough drops, sticky caramels, etc., as opposed to a small chocolate soft mint. Naturally there is a high sugar content in all of the above, but the hard candy group and the sticky candy group will stay in the mouth longer and bathe the bacteria on the teeth in sugar for a much longer period.
If you give your child 'sticky foods' for snacks, make the snack during or immediately after a meal so that they can brush quickly afterwards. Afternoon and night time snacks should be limited to the suggested list.
Remember, the type of food, the frequency it is eaten, and how long it bathes the bacteria on the teeth are the three dietary guides for good dental health.