Every health-conscious Alexandria parent knows that sugar is the number one cause of cavities for Virginia kids – and plenty of us adults also snack on too many sweet snacks and beverages.
Because of cavity risks, low nutritional value, and high calorie content, many Alexandria parents want to limit the sugar in their children’s diets. Obviously, there is a lot of sugar in bubble gum, lollipops, and gummy candy. But there is also sugar lurking in so-called ‘healthy’ snacks.
Here are some popular Alexandria kid’s snacks with significant amounts of sugar:
yogurt covered raisins
fruit snacks including the roll-up and syrup-filled varieties
many brands of yogurt including the hand-held type
Controlling sugar intake in your Alexandria child’s diet is essential for lifelong oral health. When choosing lunchbox or after-school snacks at your northern Virgina market, Alexandria convenience store or Annandale recreation center snack bar, read the labels. Sugar content varies among brands.
Sugar is only one diet component that impacts Alexandria kids’ oral health. If your son’s or daughter’s diet is lacking key vitamins and minerals, the tissues in their mouth may have trouble fighting infection. These infections can lead to gum disease.
At Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria, we provide high-quality childrens’, general, and cosmetic dentistry to patients in the Virginia communities of Alexandria, northern Virginia, and Annandale. The team at Center for Dental Anesthesia pampers our youngest patients. If you have a toddler who has not visited a dentist, call us today to schedule a first-time dental check-up. Our number is 703-379-6400.
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