Tips for Ages 12+

Eating a lot of snacks that have sugar may give your teen tooth decay. Encourage your child to limit snacking between meals and avoid sugary foods like gum, hard candies, and suckers that stay in the mouth for a long time.

Help them avoid eating soft, sticky sweets that get on and in between the teeth, like chewy candy or raisins. Sticky foods stay in the mouth longer and the acid can decay the tooth.

Try to make sure your teen eats many kinds of foods: breads, milk and milk products, meat, vegetables and fruits.

Encourage your teen to brush your teeth after eating.

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