Diet plays a large role in dental health. Children should aim to have a diet filled with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and protein, as well as drinking plenty of water. Foods heavy in refined carbohydrates and sugars, such as crackers, pretzels, cookies, and sugary snacks, can increase a child's risk for developing cavities, especially when eaten consistently at different times of the day. Drinks like soda and juice (especially if less than 100% juice) contain sugar and acidic properties that can increase the chances of cavities and should be avoided as much as possible. The frequency of snacking is a big determining factor in cavities, so try to limit eating to three meals per day and brush in between.
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