A good diet is essential for a child's growth and development and children need strong healthy teeth to properly chew their food!  A healthy diet should include dairy, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and plenty of water. Foods that are high in starch and slowly dissolvable contribute to the decay process. It is important to serve nutritious snacks and limit sweets to meal times. Snacking habits, bottles and pacifiers may impact your child's dental health.  It is pertinent to place only milk, formula, or breast milk in bottles and avoid filling the bottles with liquids such as sugar water, juice, or soft drinks.  By your child's first birthday, you should begin to encourage them to drink from a cup by themselves and discourage frequent or prolonged use of sippy cups.