We can do more than brushing our little one’s teeth twice a day with Grin 100% Natural Kids Toothpaste to help reduce the risk of tooth decay. The foods our kids are eating plays an important role in preventing tooth decay too.
Studies have shown that eating sugary foods such as cakes, lollies, dried fruit and fruit juice increases the chance of decay. This is because sugar is converted by the bacteria in our mouths into acid. This acid attacks tooth enamel which can result in cavities. Acids will continue to attack the enamel for around 60 minutes until neutralised.
The more sugary foods we eat, the more acid the bacteria can produce. By not eating sugary foods bacteria are, quite simply, unable to produce as much acid which reduces the risk of decay.
At Grin HQ we’ve rounded up 10 tooth-friendly snack ideas that kids will love to help make snack choices a little easier!
Cheese cubes: Cheese is full of calcium and it also helps to neutralise acid in the mouth. Delicious on crackers or wrapped in ham - especially fun when eaten with a toothpick!
Oat or rice crackers with peanut butter: If you’re little one is not keen on peanut butter try Marmite.
Sandwiches: Always better when cut with a cookie-cutter shape – think dinosaurs and tigers! Try these tasty kid-friendly sandwiches: ham and cheese, Marmite or cheese and cucumber.
Plain yoghurt: add fresh or frozen berries for flavour, raspberries and blueberries are the best.
Vege sticks and dip: Carrot, celery or cucumber sticks are so tasty dipped in hummus, cottage cheese or smashed avocado.
Plain tortilla chips and guacamole: Perfect for after school or kindy.
Fresh Fruit: Our customers love fruit! We asked our Grin Facebook fans what their children’s favourite tooth-friendly snack is, 7% said they loved strawberries and 6% said they loved apples! Make fruit even more fun with fruit kebabs or cookie-cutter shapes.
Corn fritters: So easy and delicious, try our recipe below:
- ¾ cup plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 medium egg
- ½ cup milk
- 1 and ¾ cups frozen sweetcorn
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
Sieve the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the eggs and milk and mix well. Add the sweetcorn and mix the batter until well combined. Season with salt and pepper.
Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and add heaped tablespoons of the fritter batter. Fry on a medium heat for approximately 5 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown and cooked through.
Glass of Milk: Milk contains lots of calcium and is important for healthy bones and teeth. Whizz with some frozen strawberries to make a Strawberry smoothie.
Eggs: Full of goodness and kids love dipping whole-wheat toast into a soft-boiled egg!
Sugary foods can’t always be avoided, if your child does eat them from time-to-time we recommend waiting for an hour after eating before brushing with Grin 100% Natural Kids Strawberry or Orange toothpaste to help look after their teeth.
Do you have any other tooth-friendly snack ideas? Share them in the comments below.