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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Healthy Snacks That Damage Kids' Teeth

This post is sponsored by Smiling Kids Pediatric Dentistry

Many parents encourage children to eat snacks and lunches that are good for their bodies – including their teeth. Yet, product labels are misleading, causing parents to choose snacks that actually end up building plaque around their teeth and gums. In fact, some so-called “healthy” snacks are loaded with sugar and other ingredients that can lead to childhood tooth decay, which is the #1 chronic childhood illness worldwide.

I'd love to share some tips from Dr. Swati Singh, DDS of Smiling Kids Pediatric Dentistry to explore the topic and share how parents can teach their kids to make sensible food choices that build healthier teeth and gums. Below are a few:
  • Fruit flavored snacks may sound like a wholesome choice, but the stickiness will stay on your child’s teeth all day and will mix with bacteria to cause cavities.
  • Chips and crackers contact fiber that is beneficial to the digestive system and can help prevent some diseases, but they also come with a high carbohydrate level, which break down into sugar.
  • Breakfast bars are also promoted as energy boosters, but the reality is that most of them contain as much sugar as your typical candy bar.
What do you do with your kids to promote healthy teeth and gums?

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