Tooth-friendly snack guide

When you reach for a snack, how much thought do you give to your dental health? First Impressions recommends planning snack times to include more foods that won’t cause cavities and fewer foods that cause cavities easily. Read on to help navigate tooth-friendly snacking! General snacking guidelines First and foremost, water is the beverage of choice. Children should sip on water after every meal or snack. This helps to rinse away the sugars from foods so that they aren’t on teeth. Also, try to avoid sticky foods and foods that are high in sugars and/or carbohydrates. Download the kid’s tooth-friendly snack guide. So what are the BEST Tooth-friendly snacks/foods for kids? Some great snack-time choices are raw, crunchy veggies (such as broccoli and carrots); cheese; and nut butters — like peanut butter on celery sticks. These foods generally do not cause cavities. (There are always exceptions, especially conditions like dry

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New year = healthier habits

Ahhh. We’re into the new year and talk continues about resolutions and plans for the year. Many parents may be thinking about fitness and nutrition. Weight loss goals certainly abound in early January! But as you think about resolutions and goals for 2020, consider flossing. (No, not the dance – though, that’s good for physical exercise!) Aim to floss between your teeth at least once a day. And ensure your children floss daily as well. (First Impressions recommends helping children floss their teeth until they are about 10). In fact, flossing should begin as soon as a child has two or more teeth next to one another. This seemingly simple habit is integral to good dental health. Regular flossing removes plaque and food particles, and may help prevent cavities. For adults, flossing also helps prevent gum disease, an inflammatory response which can wreak havoc on your entire body. So as

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