39 E Colorado Ave, Frankfort, IL 60423 - (708) 789-9289
6305 W 95th St, 2nd Floor, Oak Lawn, IL 60453 - (708) 424-1300
9111 W. 151st St., Orland Park, IL 60462 - (708) 590-4422

Snacking and Toddlers

Well if you are a parent of a toddler you know all too well that snacking is most likely their favorite thing to do, and it can be an endless battle that most of us give into.

Most think cookies, candy, and soda are the only snacks/drinks your toddler should be avoiding or limiting in their diet. What most don’t know is fruit snacks, goldfish, raisins, and juice boxes are potentially harmful as well. Raisins and fruit snacks can be harmful because their sticky nature adheres to the teeth for longer periods of time, causing a longer exposure of the tooth to sugars. Crackers as well can be harmful, because they are carbohydrates that turn to sugar as they breakdown, and also tend to adhere to the grooves of the teeth. Now, I know you are probably thinking “what is okay for my toddlers teeth?” Don’t worry below is a list of safe snacks for you little one to enjoy, and for you to as well!

  • plain yogurt, or yogurt mixed with unsweetened fruit puree or chopped fruit.
  • hard-boiled eggs.
  • cubes of cheese.
  • celery with peanut butter.
  • fresh fruit.
  • raw or cooked veggies.
  • hummus and veggies.

Like anything in life moderation is key, we don’t expect your little one to never enjoy fruit snacks again. Brushing after snack time is preferred, but we know that isn’t always an option, so we suggest water (not juice) to drink after snacks. Limit the amount that they have throughout the day, and do your best to keep up with brushing their teeth twice a day!

Our goal is starting good habits young, that will carry into adulthood!


  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Fill out the form on the left to request an appointment. Our team will get back with you as soon as possible to provide availability.