How does my child’s diet affect his oral health?

Healthy eating habits lead to healthy teeth. Like the rest of the body, the teeth, bones, and soft tissues of the mouth need a well-balanced diet. Children should eat a variety of foods including fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, and dairy. Most snacks that children eat contain various sugars that can lead to cavity formation. The more often a child snacks, the greater the chance for tooth decay. A diet high in sugar and starches may place your child at higher risk for tooth decay. If your child snacks, choose nutritious foods such as vegetables, low-fat yogurt, and low-fat cheese, which are healthier and better for children’s teeth.