When you have kids, you'll want to do everything you can to keep their teeth as healthy as possible. You take them to the dentist every six months and you cook healthy meals while at home. However, one of the things that can fight your best efforts to keep your kid's teeth healthy are those snacks they quickly reach for while you are on the go. In fact, even the stores seem to fight your best efforts at keeping your kid's teeth healthy. When you take them and run into the store for an item real fast, what do you see lined up along the check stand? You don't see carrot sticks, but chocolates, sticky candies, and sugary gums. Your child will undoubtedly start asking for those sweets and there's a good chance you will quickly mutter a "yes" just to get through the line with as little incidence as possible. However with a little knowledge and preparation, you can keep snacks on hand that are easy, tasty and good for your child's teeth. You can find all the information you need about these snacks in this article.

Make a snack pack for the car

If you make it a habit of keeping a well-stocked snack pack for your car, then you'll know you have something on hand to give your kids even when you run out of the house in a rush. You can use a small sized cooler to store the items in, so you can bring the cooler to the car when you leave and put it back in the refrigerator when you get back home. Some of the foods you should have kept in the cooler include:

  • Cashews
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Pistachios
  • Cheese cubes
  • On-the-go yogurt packs
  • Pre-sliced apples
  • Bags of baby carrots
  • Sugarless gum

Tips for giving your child snacks on the go

Keep in mind that just because you have snacks readily available doesn't mean your kids should be able to grab one any time. They should have to go through you for snacks, so they don't grab carrot sticks while you are driving down the freeway, which would pose a choking hazard.  

Going through the snack cooler and replacing items should be a weekly chore. This way, you know everything you have in there is fresh and not at risk of expiring.

The reason for carrying sugarless gum in the pack is so you can give that to your child any time you eat out. The sugarless gum will remove leftover food from the surfaces of their teeth to decrease their risk of developing cavities.

For more tips, visit a service such as Peninsula Community Health Services- Medical (Cottonwood)