Every health-conscious parent knows that sugar is the number one cause of cavities for kids. (It’s not good for adult teeth, either.) That’s why the team at Summer Dental in Las Vegas cautions you to read food labels, because you’ll find sugar in unexpected places.
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. 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
- rice cakes
- many brands of yogurt including the hand-held type
- juice drinks
- flavored milk
- barbecue sauce
- fruit smoothies
- cereal bars
Controlling sugar 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 thing to watch out for. 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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