Chewy, Sticky Snacks: Navigating This Childhood Favorite

The second your child points to the chewiest, stickiest candy selection in the world as the ideal treat of the moment, you know that you’ve got your work cut out for you. Just one glance and all you see is tooth decay, damaged braces, and a tired jaw. What’s a parent to do when all you’re really attempting to accomplish is to let your kid have fun, while you keep everyone’s oral health in check? It’s not always easy, of course, but we do have some ideas that may make this common conundrum easier to handle!

Offer Alternatives

What type of chewy food does your kiddo love? Is your son or daughter feeling quite excited about gummy candies these days? If so, remember that there are other ways to get that fruity flavor without so much stickiness. Offer up fruit punch or other juice as a dessert. Consider Jell-O (if you have the time, making them into fun shapes will make this more enjoyable!). Or, is your child more into something like caramel? You can get the flavor without the stickiness with caramel-flavored drinks, ice cream, or soft candy that melts quickly. (Of course, we still suggest you have your kids rinse their smiles and brush afterwards for excellent oral health protection).

Put Your Foot Down

Is your child wearing braces? When your children want to sink their teeth into some incredibly chewy, tacky food but you know it can easily dislodge dental work, you may simply need to explain and put your foot down for the time being. If you’re uncertain about “safe” versus “very unsafe” snack options that can lead to oral health issues or damage regarding certain treatments, run this by us. We can help you figure out whether you’re right on track or if you could ease up a bit with the rules. Trust us: You aren’t the only parent trying to figure this one out!

Let Us Offer Snack Tips For Excellent Oral Health

When in doubt, run your questions about snacks and nutrition by us. We have lots of suggestions and answers for you! Schedule a visit with your Dallas, TX children’s dentist, Dr. Marr at Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda by calling 214-321-4880. We proudly welcome patients from Dallas, TX, and all surrounding communities, including Casa Linda, Lakewood, Lake Highlands, Forest Hills, East Dallas, Mesquite, Garland, Richardson, and more.

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