Limiting Sugar Intake For Healthier Florissant Kids

Categories: Dental Health

Family Dentist Florissant

Every health-conscious Florissant parent knows that sugar is the number one cause of cavities for Missouri 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 Florissant 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 St. Louis 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 Florissant child’s diet is essential for lifelong oral health. When choosing lunchbox or after-school snacks at your Hazelwood market, St. Louis convenience store or Maryland Heights recreation center snack bar, read the labels. Sugar content varies among brands.

Sugar is only one diet component that impacts St. Louis 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 Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS in Florissant, we provide high-quality childrens’, general, and cosmetic dentistry to patients in the Missouri communities of Florissant, Hazelwood, and Maryland Heights. The team at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS 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 314-837-7744.