Limiting Sugar Intake For Healthier Sherman Oaks Kids

Family Dentist Sherman Oaks

Every health-conscious Sherman Oaks parent knows that sugar is the number one cause of cavities for California 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 Sherman Oaks 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 Sherman Oaks kid’s snacks with significant amounts of sugar:

yogurt-covered raisins
fruit snacks including the roll-up and syrup-filled varieties
rice cakes
many brands of yogurt including the hand-held type
juice drinks
flavored milk
barbecue sauce
fruit smoothies
cereal bars

Controlling sugar intake in your Sherman Oaks child’s diet is essential for lifelong oral health. When choosing lunchbox or after-school snacks at your Van Nuys market, Sherman Oaks convenience store, or Studio City recreation center snack bar, read the labels. Sugar content varies among brands.

Sugar is only one diet component that impacts Sherman Oaks 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 Sherman Oaks Dental in Sherman Oaks, we provide high-quality childrens’, general, and cosmetic dentistry to patients in the California communities of Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, and Studio City CA. The team at Sherman Oaks Dental 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 818-602-4633..