We understand that many, many children (and adults!) love sweet treats. You can indulge in moderation and allow the gentle dentists and hygienists at Livonia Family Dental help you maintain your dental health. The best advice we can give regarding your sweet tooth is to limit your sugar intake for a beautiful smile and healthy mouth.
The enemies in our battle to have healthy bodies are high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and refined white sugar. We are especially concerned about HFCS and refined white sugar impact your teeth. When you ingest sugar, your mouth natural bacteria turn this sugar into acid. This acid can cause tremendous damage to your teeth, leading to gingivitis and cavities. Studies have shown that high numbers of pre-school children already show signs of tooth decay resulting from sugar intake. As a result, nearly 75% of all children under 17 have had at least one cavity.
We understand that busy families often rely on ready-to-go meals, snacks, and beverages to nourish their kids. Popular choices like dried fruit, raisins, fruit juice boxes, and even yogurt, often have high sugar content. When you can, reach for fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, and nuts to satisfy your snack craving. Your children may complain at first, but after a cavity-free check-up at Livonia Family Dental, they’ll be happy with the results!
When you limit your children’s intake of HFCS and refined white sugar, you’ll help them fight childhood obesity, hyperactivity, and insomnia. Now that’s something to smile about! Visit our office for a consultation if you’d like advice on how Livonia Family Dental can help you improve your family’s diet and dental health through limiting sugar intake.