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Most kids love a sweet treat, but you may be concerned that these foods can negatively affect your child’s dental health. After all, sugary sweets contribute to tooth decay and cavities. Fortunately, there are plenty of kid-friendly and healthy sweet treats available. Here is a list of easy-to-make and healthy treats for your kids.

 Dental Hygiene Tips for Kids

Yogurt Parfait

A yogurt parfait is a nutritious and yummy snack for kids — layer a few spoons of low-fat yogurt in a cup with sliced fruit and berries. Top the healthy treat with unsweetened granola.


A smoothie is the milkshake’s healthy cousin. Add a cup of fruit and a cup of milk and ice to your blender, and top it off with coconut shavings.

Frozen Fruit Skewers

Frozen fruit skewers are a great alternative to popsicles. Cut your kid’s favorite fresh fruit, such as grapes, bananas, strawberries or apples. Skewer the cut fruit on a stick and place them in the freezer to serve frozen. You can sprinkle coconut shavings over them for an added yum factor.

Sweet Potato Fudge

Make a kid-friendly and healthy fudge with three simple ingredients. Mash a cooked sweet potato with 2 teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa and add 2 tablespoons of 100% pineapple juice to the mixture. Once the mixture is thick and fudgy, place it in the fridge to set.

Fruit and Nut Butter

A great sweet treat for kids is apple or pear slices with almond butter or bananas and peanut butter. These balanced snacks provide protein, healthy fats and fiber. Plus, they’re delicious!

Healthy Snacking and Beautiful Smiles

The right type of snacking helps keep your kid’s teeth healthy and their smiles bright. If you have questions or want to book a consultation, the team at Fox Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics is happy to help. Contact us online to schedule an evaluation or a checkup. You can also call us at 503-223-5039.


This blog serves to provide general information about dentistry topics to help answer your questions. The above content is for informational purposes but is not intended to be a replacement for medical advice from a licensed pediatrician or pediatric dentist. If you have a dental concern for yourself, your child or another adult, please schedule a consultation with us so you can speak with a dentist.

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