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The school summer holidays can be tricky for parents with the constant calls for snacks between meals, so it’s great to be mindful of the best alternatives to easy, go-to sugary snacks.

Constant snacking can be harmful to your child’s teeth – particularly if they are snacking on the wrong things! Eating sugary food or drinking sugary drinks can really damage and weaken the enamel of children’s teeth.

Here’s a guide to what’s good and what’s not!

Tooth-friendly snacks – what’s good:

  • Beans, peas, and lentils
  • Water
  • Milk
  • Vegetables – carrot sticks, cucumber, and peppers
  • Fresh fruit
  • And cheese, nuts, seeds, breadsticks – in moderation!

What’s not teeth friendly in between mealtimes:

  • Sweets and chocolate
  • Crisps
  • Fizzy drinks
  • High-sugar squash
  • And sports drinks.

Getting fridge-organised for when your child wants a snack really makes a difference to their oral health.