- Keep snack times organized, with water in between meals. Your kids should be eating every 2-3 hours, not every 20 minutes!
- Eat “tooth friendly” foods: make sure you are minimizing things that really stick to your child’s teeth… For example, fresh fruit is better than dried fruit, and fresh bread or bagels are better than crackers. Stay away from crackers as snacks as much as possible (and it doesn’t matter if they are organic, they are still full of sugar and stick to teeth). I didn’t realize until I had 2 kids how 0ften parents give their kids crackers… but crackers stick to teeth 9x longer than bread!
- Help your child brush their teeth at minimum every night for 30 seconds until they are 7-8 years old. A three year old brushing their own teeth for 2 minutes twice a day is not that effective… you have to get in there yourself at least once a day.
If you focus on diet and brush your child’s teeth thoroughly before bed, you will be way ahead of the game. If your child eats dried fruit and crackers all day – it is only a matter of time until they get cavities even if you are brushing morning and night!