Every health-conscious parent knows that sugar is the number one cause of cavities for kids. (It’s not good for adult teeth, either.)
Because of cavity risks, low nutritional value, and high-calorie content, many parents want to limit the sugar in their children’s diets. Obviously, there is a lot of sugar in bubble gum, lollipops, and gummy candy. But there is also sugar lurking in so-called ‘healthy snacks.
These ubiquitous kids’ snacks may be packed with sugar:
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 only one diet component that impacts kids’ oral health. 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 Mark A. Miely DDS, we provide high-quality dentistry to families in the Ohio communities of Upper Arlington, Grandview Heights, and Hilliard. The team at Mark A. Miely DDS 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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