Know the snacks that hurt your child’s teeth

Know the snacks that hurt your child’s teeth

Know the snacks that hurt your child’s teeth

Children love to eat junk, outdoor packaged food stuffs like potato chips, candies, etc. But being a responsible parent one must see what there children are eating. So, it is important to know the snacks that hurt your child’s teeth. Some snacks might look attractive and taste good but might be extremely bad for the teeth. Many of us neglect this part as we do not see the consequences instantly but in the long run teeth gets destroyed.

So in order to get healthier and stronger teeth a parent should know the snacks that hurt your child’s teeth. Some of such foods are as follows-

 Chewy  or hard candies –

Children get lured by candies. But for them caramelized candies are a big no. These tastes good but they stick into the irregular surfaces of teeth (pit and fissures) and become difficult to remove thereby inviting dental caries. These are even more difficult to remove when you are under orthodontic treatment. But you love chocolates then you can either opt for non sugar candies or dark chocolates. On the other hand children should not eat hard candies. It is because any uneven pressure while chewing may cause fillings to come out and crack the teeth.

chewy candy

Potato chips –

No doubt these are full of starch and are the favorite past time snacks of people of all age groups. But with the crunchiness of the first bite and gradually becoming sticky towards the end of the bite is the matter of concern. These stick in between the teeth and leads to continuous acid secretion as we go on chewing chips thereby inviting tooth decay.

Potato Chips

Hard toasted bread –

Everybody needs a toast of bread in the morning but if it is not hard and lightly toasted then its good enough. If your child is undergoing any dental treatment, then you should avoid hard toasted bread.

toasted bread

White bread –

The stickiness of the bread is the reason why it is avoided. The remnants don’t get off easily and so there is formation of plaque hence, causing dental problems.


Corn cob –

Kernels of corn should be detached from the cob and then given to the children to eat rather than allowing them to bite the cob itself. This might cause breakage of teeth, crack the restorative fillings, break the braces and can also dislodge the dentures. So, these patients should definitely avoid eating corns.

corn cob

Apples –

Biting the whole of an apple with the front teeth is not wise as you might end up with broken teeth. An apple a day keeps doctor away, so it cannot be avoided. But it is the duty of the parents to cut the apple into cubes or pieces and then give children to eat one by one.


Citrus fruits –

Citrus fruits such as grapefruit, orange are rich in nutrients but at the same time the citric acid if consumed excessively destroys the enamel of teeth and causing attrition of the teeth. So, in order to dilute the acid attack, drink plenty of water.

citrus fruits


1 comment on “Know the snacks that hurt your child’s teeth

  1. According to the Canadian Dental Association, the damage that sugar does to teeth depends on how much sugar goes into the mouth and how long it stays in the mouth. When your child eats or drinks sugars, the germs (bacteria) in your child’s mouth mix with the sugars to make a mild acid. This acid attacks the hard outer layer of teeth (also called enamel) to form cavities. If your child is always sipping juice or snacking on sticky, sugary snacks between meals, the teeth are being coated in sugars over and over again. Tooth decay can also develop when a child is put to bed with a bottle of milk or juice as the liquid stays in the mouth, bathing the teeth in sugar for a long time.

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