Most patients know that candy is damaging for teeth. The sugar in candy creates the acids in the mouth that cause tooth decay. That’s something we remind people of frequently, at Create A Smile in Bloomington IN.
Because sugar is bad for teeth – and overall physical health. Many patients choose what appear to be healthier snacks. Unfortunately, many are nearly as bad for teeth as candy is.
These snacks include:
- Dried Fruit: Nutrition-wise, a dried apricot is a far better option than a candy bar. The problem is that dried fruits stick to teeth, which poses the same risk as candy.
- Sports and Energy Drinks: Sports drinks are popular with children, especially as they get involved in sports. When you buy them be sure to inspect the labels. Some have as much sugar as soda.
- Soy, Almond, or Rice Milk: Lactose-intolerant patients often turn to non-dairy milk substitutes. Most brands come in both a sweetened and non-sweetened version. Sweetened types contain a substantial amount of sugar.
- Granola Bars: Some brands of granola bars a loaded with sugar. Once again, read the labels before you buy them!
- Yogurt: Everyone needs calcium – especially your youngest loved ones – and yogurt is a great source. Many brands, 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 continual stream of sugar.
- Sweetened Applesauce: Some manufacturers pack this healthy snack with sugar. Look for a brand without added sugar.
Tooth decay is a serious problem, and the more you read labels and minimize sugar consumption, the better off you and your family will be! At Create A Smile in Bloomington IN, patients from Spencer, Ellettsville, and Bedford trust our general dentistry. We also offer restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Contact us today!