After School Snacks, Dos and Don’ts

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All parents know that when your child comes home from school they run straight toward the pantry!

We know how children can be hungry after a full day being at school and we want to help parents pick food that are not only full those little tummies but also are smile friendly!

 

Try the following smile-friendly snacks:

 

Having sugary and starchy snacks not only ruins your child’s appetite but also it will ruin their teeth! sugary snacks are usually sticky, by sticking to teeth for a long period of time they can ruin your beloved’s teeth and eventually appearance. The result can be cavities and decays harming their overall health. You can try these ideas instead:

 

 

Fresh Veggies – Kale, spinach, collard greens similar to all other Dark, leafy greens   have calcium, vitamin A, vitamin B2, and magnesium–all essential for healthy teeth and gums.

Veggies like broccoli and celery are great too. Not only broccoli is rich in vitamins it has been proven to create an acid resistance shield on teeth.Celery on the other hand will massage gums, cleans teeth and encourages saliva production all due to it’s fibrous material.It is a “natural tooth scrubber”.

 

Does your kid like a little crunch to their snack? you can try to make a homemade veggie chips. You can use Celery , sweet Potato , Spinach or Kale. Mix your veggies with olive oil to coat them first , add spices like pepper or garlic.and bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes, flip your veggies, and then bake until crispy.

 

Cheese , Milk, Yogurt –  Dairy is your go-to dental snack! they will give your teeth a great boost of calcium. Cheese and yogurt cut the acidity of oral enviroment, which will help protect your chil’d teeth from acidic erosion caused by fruit juice.

If your children don’t want plain yogurt, fruit and yogurt parfaits are a great option to add some flavor and healthy vitamins to their snack.

 

 

High Vitramin C fruites – Lack of Vitamin C can cause collagen breakdown in gums, which can result in bleeding gum and ill teeth, making them tender and more susceptible to bacteria and gum disease.

To make your child’s citrus snack fun, you can make fun kabobs with some citrus, berries, and some of their favorite cheeses.

Do you have any healthy snack recipes of your own? We’d love to hear them! Feel free to share in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

Thank you for your trust in Gorgeous Smiles!

 


**Top image by Flickr user Bradley West used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
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