Counseling Tips

  • To reduce carcinogenicity of the diet, for adults suggest limiting eating events to three times a day with no more than two between meal snacks and eliminating highly retentive foods such as crackers, chips, and soft candies.
  • For children who need the energy provided by between meal snacks, they should be healthy food choices low in cariogenic potential such as cheese, raw vegetables, meat roll-ups, and fresh fruit.
  • When oral hygiene does not follow a meal, suggest ending a meal with cheese or milk, chewing gum with xylitol, or rinsing with water.
  • To stimulate salivary flow, include cool, sour, or tart nutrient dense foods (sugar free), increase water intake, and suck on sugar-free mints.
  • Incorporate low-fat, calcium rich foods in the diet, spaced throughout the day for the best absorption rate.
  • When reading a food label, don’t forget to look at the serving size and multiply accordingly.
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