GOLDEN RULE: Teeth will cope with breakfast lunch dinner and tea. Anything else is an extra ‘acid attack’. This rule applies equally to adults and children.
Growing active children need to eat up to 9 times daily. This regular intake of food/liquid ,in terms of teeth can be detrimental to the enamel structure resulting in tooth decay.
We need to be snack smart:
1-Restrict sugary, sticky and acidic food to mealtimes—best to give that treat just after lunch or dinner (not both!!), as less damage to the tooth enamel then—this is down to the buffering(neutralizing) capacity of the saliva—which is present in greater volumes whilst eating.
2-Plenty of very healthy good for you food is bad for teeth, if taken too often e.g. fruit, especially dried fruit(Raisins—which most children love are particularly harmful as they are not only high in sugar but they are sticky).
3-So by grouping food together,you can restrict ‘acid attacks’ to 3-4 times daily. This will allow your teeth to recover and the enamel to rebuild.
4-Fluoride which is found in most toothpastes is great for rebuilding teeth. Levels of greater than 900ppm are needed in order to fully harden teeth. Some children’s pastes contain as little as 400ppm.
In general terms, try to use the food pyramid below as a guide and also take note of the five recommended servings of fruit/veg per day—this again applies equally to adults and children.