How sugary are my child's favorite drinks?
As a parent, you have the unique opportunity to help set the stage for your child’s future oral health. If you’re helping your child brush and taking them to the dentist for regular visits, you’re off to a great start. But one area that tends to be tricky for parents is determining which foods and drinks are healthy versus which foods claim to be healthy.
For instance, it’s easy to be fooled when your child’s favorite juice box is labeled “100 percent juice” or “no added sugar.” You may assume this means it contains all natural fruit juice, but you could be wrong, so you need to check the labels.
One favorite and trusted juice box brand that’s labeled as 100 percent juice and under 100 calories actually contains 20 grams (5 teaspoons) of sugar!
Another thing to keep in mind is that these drinks are often high in acid, which is destructive to your child’s dental enamel and can lead to cavities.
You may have more questions than answers about nutrition and your child’s oral health. Children's dentistry at our Birmingham dental office includes counseling you about childhood nutrition and answering your questions.
Please call us to arrange an appointment so you and your little one can stop by for a visit!
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