Keeping your children’s lunchbox healthy and imaginative can be quite a challenge. Although the Government has considered banning packed lunches, with the right balance they can still pack a healthy punch.

As the new school term starts, we’ve put together a packed lunch that is both great for oral health and will keep the kids happy.

Tuna and cucumber pitta breads – A new take on a much-loved classic. Pitta bread is also healthier than white bread.

Spiced nuts – Nuts are great for oral health, but aren’t the definition of appealing to kids.

Raw vegetables and breadsticks with a cool herb dip – Raw veg and breadsticks are also great for oral health due to their alkalinity. On their own they may be quite bland, but packing your offspring off to school with a dip for them is definitely an upgrade on crisps and pre-made dips.

Sweet treats are slightly trickier. The key is not how much you eat, but how often you have them. So, if you pack your child off to school with a chocolate bar or two, then technically that’s ok, provided they don’t snack on them throughout the day. By keeping these foods to mealtimes, you negate the damage they can do.


Oral Health Foundation

The Oral Health Foundation is a charity that works to improve oral health by providing education, advice, and support to millions of people every year, changing lives for the better. Our mission is to support others in achieving a healthier life through better oral health. Our vision is to live in a world where everybody has a healthy mouth and is free of dental disease. Poor oral health can have a harmful and devastating effect on a person’s life – both for their physical health and mental wellbeing. We are determined to help more people achieve good oral health and have a better quality of life. Sadly, oral disease remains common, across the life course. We are taking the challenge to reduce the harm caused by poor oral health and the responsibility to create a healthier future for everybody. We do this because we believe that everybody deserves to have good oral health. To make sure this happens, by 2024, we will:

    • Work towards decreasing the prevalence of oral disease across communities.
    • Increase the number of people accessing our help and information services.
    • Diversify our range of resources to reach more communities.
    • Successfully campaign for policies which help people achieve healthier lives.
    • Generate new and nurture existing income streams that enable us to deliver our charitable objectives.

We are going to achieve success by:

    • Running awareness campaigns like National Smile Month and Mouth Cancer Action Month.
    • Giving anybody who needs it direct support through our Dental Helpline.
    • Influencing policy on subjects like dental access, sugar, and tobacco.
    • Providing consumer advice on oral health care products and working alongside manufacturers to make sure products do what they claim to do.
    • Creating resources and information that communicates positive oral health messages.
    • Working alongside others who share our passion for health and wellbeing.

To find out more about us, visit our website at