Children, grown-ups, and everyone in between have all been guilty of late-night bedtime snacking. Most of us know that late-night snacking isn’t great for our overall health or our teeth, but there are certain snacks that are much less damaging than others. Instead of reaching for a sugary snack that will leave your child feeling lethargic in the morning and damage his or her teeth, choose one of the healthier options listed below.
Making a regular habit of late-night eating isn’t a great idea. But exceptions can be made occasionally, especially if you’re snacking more healthily. Make sure that, after your child’s bedtime snack, he or she brushes before bed. It’s never a good idea to go to bed with food debris and bacteria sitting on the teeth all night and causing cavities and decay.
Some of the best bedtime snacks to offer your children include the following:
These snacks are not detrimental to your child’s health and some of them may actually help your child to fall asleep more easily. The best thing you can do for your child’s oral health is to make sure he or she is practicing good oral hygiene. This means brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and bringing your child here to Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry for a dental cleaning and a checkup every six months.