This message from the dentist at Rotem Dental Care in Toms River NJ is about sugar.
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. We all know that sugared gum, Skittles, and cookies are packed with sugar. 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, scrutinize 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.
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