Every health-conscious parent knows that sugar is the number one cause of cavities for Missouri kids – and 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. 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.
Here are some popular kid’s snacks with significant amounts of 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 at your local market, convenience store or recreation center snack bar, read the labels. Sugar content varies among brands.
Sugar is only one diet component affecting kids’ oral health. If your son’s or daughter’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.
The team at Jefferson City Dental Care 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. Our number is 573-634-2400.
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