Did you know that the bacteria that causes cavities is contagious through saliva?

This is especially important for parents and caregivers. The best practice is to avoid sharing a plate of food or blowing on your child’s food to help prevent spreading cavity-causing bacteria.

Remember, the best way to prevent cavities is to brush every morning and night and floss daily.

While brushing and flossing is the best way to prevent cavities, there are healthy snacks that can aid in keeping teeth clean:

  1. Carrots, apples, and celery: Their crunchy texture gives teeth an extra brush
  2. Cheese and yogurt: Rich in calcium and phosphorus, which can help repair tooth enamel. Remember to look for “no sugar added” and “probiotic” to promote good gut health.
  3. Leafy greens: Foods like kale, spinach, and broccoli can provide vitamins and minerals that help produce saliva, which helps clean the mouth and keep enamel healthy
  4. Nuts and seeds: Almonds, cashews, and sunflower seeds can protect your teeth by replenishing the minerals depleted by acids. They’re also low in sugar and high in good fats

Are you looking for a pediatric dentist near you? Use AAPD | Find A PD to find one near you.

For more dental resources for parents or caregivers, visit MCT | Resources for Parents (mychildrensteeth.org).


MCT | Healthy Snacks (mychildrensteeth.org)