Chew On This

Chew On This
Posted on 05/01/2015
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Dental Food for Thought in Regards to Your Child's Diet

Patients often ask me what they should feed their kids in order to prevent cavities and be healthy? The obvious is what not to feed them such as candy, soda, and processed foods. 

What about foods and snacks that are labeled as "organic" or "no sugar added?" Often parents tell me that they give their kids fruit snacks or dried fruit because they are packaged conveniently and because their toddler will actually eat it. Or they will give them fruit and vegetable pouches because it's the only way toddler will eat fruits and vegetables.

Remember to check labels and read the number of grams of sugar. Try to be less than 2 grams of sugar. And remember what the serving size is! Just because food is organic doesn't mean there is no sugar or hidden sugar. And that goes for juice as well. Four ounces of juice a day is recommended by the Academy of Pediatrics. Also, please be sure to water it down. You are what you eat!

If you have any questions or concerns about some of the foods your child is eating, please feel free to reach out and contact us. Our expert staff will be able to help you ascertain whether or not certain foods would be right for you.