image You may often find yourself giving your child snacks between meals or in the school lunchbox, but can snacking promote tooth decay ? Which foods are teeth-friendly and which ones should you avoid the next time your child craves a little snack?

Bacteria live in our mouths. When we feast, so do bacteria. Bacteria particularly enjoy breaking down sugars and starches left on the teeth, which leads to the formation of plaque and acid. Acid created by bacteria can damage the teeth if left on the tooth surface for 20 minutes or more. This can lead to tooth decay.