Foods to Avoid
Acidic, sticky and sweet.
- Fruit juices
- Flavoured milk
- Sports drinks
- Sweetened cereals
- Dried fruit bars, muesli bars
- Sweet biscuits
- Lollies- including natural snakes
- Soft drinks (including sugar free)
- Dried fruit (sultanas, apricots)
Eating fruit between meals can also be harmful to the teeth due to the acids and sugars in fruits. If they are having a fruit snack, follow up with a small piece of cheese or a drink of milk or water.
Tooth Friendly Snacks
- Dry biscuits (crackers)
- Cut-up vegetables with dips such as tzatziki or hummus
- Sliced ham, salmon or turkey
- Plain rice cakes
- Cheese slices
Children should brush their teeth twice a day, after breakfast and before going to bed at night. Until about 7 years of age, children should be helped to clean their teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste (a pea sized ball of low fluoride toothpaste for children under 7 years). No rinsing is required with the toothpaste spat out.