Cereal, cookies, candies, and soda – your child may love all of these sweet treats, but the bacteria in their mouth loves the sugar in them even more. The effects of sugar on teeth may not be noticeable right away, but too much can lead to tooth decay and other serious dental problems. Here are some of our dentist-recommended ways to start saying goodbye to unnecessary sugar throughout the day.

Know the limits
When choosing snacks for your little one, keep an eye on added sugar. Naturally occurring sugars, found in milk and fruit, are less worrisome. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, anyone over three years old should consume no more than 12.5 teaspoons of sugar per day.

Skip the soda
A study found that soda is one of the main culprits of tooth erosion, so try to keep those sugary, carbonated beverages away from your kids. Instead, serve them water or milk. The calcium in milk helps protect teeth against gum disease and keeps your mouth strong and healthy!

Be picky about snacks
Most of those gummy or sticky snacks are closer to candy than fruit. Even raisins, which is promoted as an all-natural snack option, can be troublesome. These types of snacks adhere to their teeth and cause bacteria buildup.

Set an example
Your children will be more inclined to fix their habits if they notice you’re doing the same. Eat well, brush twice a day for two minutes, and floss once a day. If you set a good, healthy example, you’ll end up making a big difference in your family’s health.

 
Ensure your child is receiving the best oral care and schedule regular check-ups with us. At Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County, we offer a caring and compassionate approach, making sure our patients are comfortable at all times. To learn more or schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call.

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