Healthy eating habits lead to healthy teeth. The teeth, bones, and soft tissues of the mouth need a well-balanced diet like the rest of the body. Children should eat a variety of foods from the five major food groups. Diets high in sugar and starch can lead to cavities. The more frequently a child snacks, the greater the chance for tooth decay. The length of time that food remains in the mouth also plays a role. For example, the sticky consistency of gummy fruit snacks causes them to stay in the mouth for a long time, which leads to longer acid attacks on teeth. Choose more nutritious snacks such as vegetables, yogurt, cheese, and nuts.