While it’s recommended that eating smaller, scheduled meals throughout the day can help prevent childhood obesity, it can also cause tooth decay! Frequent snacking – or “grazing” – is becoming a major source of tooth decay in children.
Teeth go through a healing process between meals as our saliva naturally remineralizes our teeth from the acidic attacks caused from normal eating. When kids snack on sticky foods such as crackers or fruit chews, the result is a constant attack on the teeth that breaks down the enamel and makes some more susceptible to cavities.
Here are some more things about snacking that might surprise you:.