As a family dental practice, Dr. Leix and her staff care for some of our tiniest patients and always encourage practicing good oral hygiene from an early age. But brushing and flossing alone aren’t enough to keep tooth decay at bay. Food and drink also impact your child’s dental health.

Sweet drinks like sodas, fruit juice and sports drinks are a favorite for many. While they’re generally ok in moderation, when it comes to tiny mouths, it’s best to steer clear. Over time, these drinks can cause cavities, tooth decay and even loss of tooth enamel. But added sugar in drinks isn’t always easy to spot. Here are a few sugar aliases that might be hiding on your drink labels:


 

 

  • fruit juice concentrate
  • evaporated cane juice
  • corn syrup 
  • maltose
  • fructose
  • sucrose
  • glucose 
  • dextrin 
  • honey
  • high fructose corn syrup
  • syrup
  • malt syrup
  • maple syrup
  • molasses

 

 

Knowing how to spot added sugar is half the battle. And the other half? Choosing beverages without sugar. Water and milk are hands down the best and healthiest beverage choices for your kiddo. Here are a few other ways you can help protect your child’s dental health:

  • Brush and floss teeth twice a day for at least two minutes.
  • Schedule annual exams with your family dentist.
  • If your child has a cavity, act quickly to fix the problem.

Being proactive about your child’s dental health greatly helps reduce the incidence of future dental problems. To learn more tips, click here, and then give us a call today at 815-455-8186 to schedule your child’s annual dental exam. 

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