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Diet Advice for Healthy Smiles

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Prevention is always better than cure and here are some helpful hits to prevent tooth decay.


  • Snacking between meals is the most common cause of tooth decay so limit sugary snacks to meal times – thus reducing the frequency of sugars
  • Food Free time is important for healthy teeth
  • Reduce all juices (fruit juice and dilutable juices) as plain (unflavoured) water and milk are the only tooth friendly drinks; even no added sugar drinks contain natural sugars that can cause decay
  • No sweet drinks (juices) in the bottle or sippy cup
  • Infants and toddlers never to sleep with a bottle
  • Keep treats to meal times and avoid sticky treats (toffees, jellies, lollipops and raisins)
  • Finish meals with cheese or milk

Safe Snacks

Safe Foods for Teeth

These are foods that are safe for teeth. They are suitable for snacks for children:

  • Milk or water
  • Fresh fruit
  • Vegetable sticks
  • Plain yogurt/fromage frais
  • Low sugar breakfast cereals & milk (porridge,weetabix,shredded wheat)
  • Savoury crackers or oatcakes
  • Cheese/Bread/Toast
  • Homemade popcorn/nuts (caution with children under 5)

Foods that cause Tooth Decay

Foods and Drinks that cause decay:

  • Soft drinks
  • Juices – dilutable, concentrate, no added suger etc
  • Dried fruit – raisins, dried banana, apricot etc
  • Flavoured yogurts – including drinkable yogurts
  • Children’s breakfast cereals
  • Processed foods with fruit flavour
  • All traditional sweets, chocolate bars etc