Most parents know that sugary snacks and drinks cause cavities. However, there’s more to the story. Starchy foods can break down in the mouth, turning into sugars that cause cavities. Also try to avoid sticky, sweet foods such as dried fruits and fruit snacks. These stick to the grooves of the teeth and can result in cavities. Fresh fruits and vegetables (the crunchier, the better!) and dairy products (cheese, yogurt) are great snacks for your child. Plain milk is a great drink for children, but make sure their teeth get brushed before bedtime! Be careful with bottles and sippy cups, as well. We recommend transitioning from a bottle to a cup around 12 months of age, and making sure that kids stick to drinking only water between meals (this is especially important if they carry a sippy cup with them all day).