Playing this game with your child will encourage them to enjoy more ‘tooth-friendly’ snacks in between meals, keeping sugary foods and drinks to meal times only.
Introducing some of these snacks into your child’s diet can help to prevent tooth decay, and reduce the frequency and overall amount of sugar in their diet.
How to play
Have fun playing the game with your child in just three easy steps:
Download and print off the three parts to the activity:
Cut out the selection of every day snacks and encourage your child to sort the foods into ‘snacks for super smiles’ and ‘snacks to eat at mealtimes’. Get them to place each snack picture onto the blank answer table under the heading they think it fits.
Use the completed answer table to check the snacks are in the right place. Talk to your child about why certain snacks are best for super smiles, while others are best suited eaten with a meal, and the importance of reducing sugar in their diet to prevent tooth decay.
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-19 years called Chat Health. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a public health nurse (health visitor/school nurse) within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the line reopens.
Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.
Leicester City: text 07520 615381
Leicestershire & Rutland: text 07520 615382