Most parents know that candy can be really bad for the teeth of their children. The sugar in it creates acid that drills into enamel. A small hole can become a cavity. At The Fayetteville Dentist, we want you to know that certain snacks can be just as harmful for growing teeth.
Let’s look at the most common kids’ snacks that are just as bad as candy.
Nutrition-wise, a dried apricot is a far better selection than a candy bar. The issue is that dried fruits stick tightly to teeth. This poses the same oral health risk as candy.
Sports and Energy Drinks
Few parents let their youngsters guzzle energy drinks. But many parents buy electrolyte-containing sports drinks for older children. Be sure to scrutinize the labels. Some sports drinks have as much sugar as soda.
Soy, Almond, or Rice Milk
Parents whose child can’t tolerate lactose turn to non-dairy milk. Most types come in both a sweetened and non-sweetened version. Sweetened types contain a substantial amount of sugar.
Traditional sugary granola bars should be considered candy. (Ditto for fruit snacks.)
Kids need calcium, and yogurt is a well-designed source. Many types of flavored yogurt, however, have a high sugar content. Some parents keep the fridge stocked with hand-held yogurt packets. Kids who eat these throughout the day are subjecting their teeth to a nonstop stream of sugar.
Some manufacturers pack this healthy snack with plenty of sugar. If you can get your pre-teens used to fruit without added sugar, they will be better off.
We all know that most cold cereal marketed for children is sugar-filled. Instant oatmeal is a convenient alternative that is healthier in many respects. Be aware that some have as much sugar as sweetened cold cereals.
Remember, brushing and flossing are essential for a lifetime to good dental health. So are regular cleanings and checkups at The Fayetteville Dentist. Our services include children’s dentistry. We also have an office in Hope Mills. Call for an appointment today!
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