Every health-conscious parent knows that sugar is the number one cause of cavities for kids. Plenty of us adults also eat too many sweet snacks and beverages. It makes professional teeth cleaning from Aspen Ridge Dental in Caspar WY, along with your home oral care routine, all the more important.
Because of cavity risks, low nutritional value, and high-calorie content, many parents limit the sugar in their children’s diets. Bubble gum, lollipops, and chocolate bars are obvious, but they aren’t the only culprits. There is more sugar than you might think in so-called healthy snacks.
Here are some popular kids’ 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 lifelong oral health. When choosing lunchbox or after-school snacks, read the labels. Sugar content varies from brand to brand.
Children, and you too, should be seeing us every six months for a teeth cleaning and checkup. A toothbrush and floss alone can’t do it all. In addition to scraping off plaque and tartar, we can provide an additional layer of protection with dental sealants.
Aspen Ridge Dental in Caspar WY provides high-quality dentistry to our patients. In addition to teeth cleaning and checkups, services include cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening and porcelain veneers, and dental implants.
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