Healthy Snack Guide

Here is a table that lists snacks that are both healthy for your body as well as your teeth!

For healthy happy teeth and bodies!

• Fresh fruits and vegetables – any kind
• Juice from a cup (not bottle or Sippy cup)
• Cheese – cheese strings
• Croissants, toast with butter
• Bagels – with cream cheese
• French fries
• Popcorn
• Pretzels
• Xylitol containing gum (sugar free)
• Nuts (sugar free peanut better)
• Cheerio's, Shreddies (no extra sugar)
• Sushi
• Hamburgers
• Pizza
• Hotdogs
• Crackers
• Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds
• Popsicles – sugar free
• Yogurt
• Less nutritious but still OK for teeth:
• Jello
• Ice cream
• Canned fruit
• Waffles
• Pancakes
• Chocolate or strawberry milk
• Hot Chocolate

Snacks that can cause cavities are often sticky, sweet or starchy!

• Chocolate and chocolate bars
• Gummy bears, Ju Jubes, Hard Candy
• Raisins
• Dried fruit like apples, apricots and cranberries
• Fruit leathers
• Power bars
• Granola Bars
• Peanut butter with other sweet things
• Nutella
• Cookies
• Cakes
• Donuts
• Sesame snaps
• Potato chips

Remember the bacteria that cause cavities live in our mouths and their only job is to produce more bacteria. So the things we put into our mouth matter. The bacteria have an easier time taking out the sugar from sweet sticky foods. Stickiness allows the food to be in and around our teeth longer, thus giving the bacteria lots of chances to produce the acid that makes our teeth "soft" by removing the mineral of our teeth. The more often we put something in our mouth the more chances bacteria have as well!