However, as the child grows, other foods are introduced. Once dietary carbohydrates are given to children, ad-lib breast feeding is linked to a higher risk of early childhood caries (EEC).
Unhealthy food/drink choices like surgery treats, sodas, and carbohydrate loaded meals add to this increased risk for tooth decay. Healthy snacks for your child can play an important role in your child’s dental health.
Juices contain a lot sugar. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no juice before age one and no more than four to six ounces of fruit juice per day from a cup. Water and milk are the best drink choices for children.
However, only water should be drunk after brushing the teeth before bedtime and during the night.
Snacking in between meals can increase the risk for tooth decay as well. If your child is a grazer and eats frequently throughout the day, they are at a higher risk for getting cavities. Choosing healthy snacks for your child, such as vegetables and low-fat cheese and yogurts, will help keep your child’s mouth healthy!