Food and drinks for healthy teeth

It is important to consider how the food and drinks you give your child can affect their teeth. It’s not just what they eat and drink but when they eat and drink it.

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This section tells you what you need to consider to keep your child's oral health on track and help you to encourage them to make healthier choices.

You'll find healthy snack options for your child and also which drinks are better for their teeth. You can also get more details about hidden sugar in food and drinks.

Make sure you give your child a variety of foods. Try to include something from each of the four food groups throughout the day:

  • Starchy foods - bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and other starchy foods.
  • Fruit and vegetables.
  • Dairy - e.g. milk, yoghurt and cheese.
  • Protein - meat, fish, beans and eggs.