Every health-conscious Provo parent knows that sugar is the number one cause of cavities for Utah kids – and as your Provo dentist knows, plenty of adults snack on sweet stuff, too.
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 what we often think of as 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
- rice cakes
- many brands of yogurt including the hand-held type
- juice drinks
- flavored milk
- fruit smoothies
- cereal bars
Controlling sugar intake in your child’s diet is essential for healthy teeth. When choosing lunchbox or after-school snacks at the supermarket, be sure to read the labels. Sugar content varies among brands.
Sugar is only one diet component that impacts 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.
At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, we provide high-quality family dentistry. For anyone looking to improve their bite, we have Invisalign clear braces. Schedule an appointment with us today.
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