Ever wake up to your children moaning and groaning that their tummies are turning? Many kids need a bedtime snack to hold them through the night, especially during growth spurts – so make sure you’re adding a nutritious snack to their bedtime routine.

Bedtime Snacks To Enjoy
A good nighttime snack should have a carbohydrate and a protein. The carbohydrates help boost serotonin production (mood elevator) and the protein will help keep them full. With that being said, here’s our list of tooth-friendly snack options to keep them sleeping through the night.
– Low sugar cereal with milk
– Unsalted almonds
– Whole grain crackers with cheese
– Pretzels and hummus
– Oatmeal
– Bananas

It’s important to plan your children’s snacks 45 minutes to one hour before bedtime. This will help satisfy their late-night cravings, while still allowing their tooth enamel time to strengthen back up before brushing.

Keep in mind, this isn’t another meal, so make sure the snack is just big enough to hold them over. Refrain from giving them anything with sugar. This will not only spike their blood sugar and keep them awake, but it will also damage their tooth enamel, putting them at a higher risk for cavities overnight.

 
Don’t forget to keep up with your child’s oral care routine and make sure they are brushing for two minutes, twice a day. Also, set up an appointment for your child to see their dentist to ensure his or her oral health is in tip-top shape. Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County offers a caring and compassionate approach to pediatric dentistry, ensuring our patients are comfortable at all times. To learn more about our practice visit our website, or give us a call at 631-320-0880 to schedule an appointment today!

Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County has two locations:

Commack | (631) 486-6364 | 2171 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 145
Medford | 631) 320-0880) | 3237 Route 112, Bldg 6, Suite 7B