Every health-conscious parent knows that sugar is the number one cause of cavities for kids. Plenty of us adults also snack on too many sweet snacks and beverages.
Because of cavity risks, low nutritional value, and high-calorie content, many parents want to limit the sugar in their children’s diets. Bubble gum, lollipops, and chocolate bars aren’t the only culprits. But there is also sugar lurking in so-called ‘healthy’ snacks.
The following snacks may have more sugar than you think:
yogurt covered raisins
fruit snacks including the roll-up and syrup-filled varieties
many brands of yogurt including the hand-held type
Controlling sugar intake in your child’s diet is essential for lifelong oral health. When choosing lunchbox or after-school snacks, make sure you read the labels. Sugar content varies among brands.
Sugar is not the only issue when it comes to a healthy diet. If your child’s diet is lacking key vitamins and minerals, the tissues in their mouth may have trouble fighting infection. These infections can lead to gum disease.
At Montz and Maher Dental Group, we provide high-quality dentistry to families in the Texas communities of Friendswood, Pearland, and Alvin. The team at Montz and Maher Dental Group pampers our youngest patients. If you have a toddler who has not visited a dentist, call us today to schedule a first-time dental check-up.
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