1. know the limits: when choosing a snack, keep an eye on added sugar and sweeteners such as corn syrup and fructose.
  2. the truth about juice: juice is high in sugar and calories.  The American Academy of Pediatrics suggest completely avoiding juice until at least the age of 4.  After age 4 a child should get no more than 4-6 ounces of juice a day.
  3. skip soda: one can of soda is equal to the sugar recommendation for a child for 3 days.  Besides the sugar causing decay, tooth erosion and enamel being eaten away are also large problems.
  4. watch sticky snacks: fruit snacks, fruit roll-ups and raisins are like nature’s candy, but tend to stay on teeth longer than other sugary snacks like milk chocolate.
  5. serve carbs with care: crackers, chips and cookies break down into sugar.  They also tend to get stuck on the tops of the teeth keeping the sugar present for longer periods of time.
  6. set an example: if you want to change your child’s habits, start with yourself and do the same thing with them!