Watch Out for These Sneaky Snacks that Harm Teeth

Watch Out for These Sneaky Snacks that Harm Teeth

When it comes to snacks, some parents figure anything is better than candy. While that is true for the most part, there are some snacks that seem pretty healthy but could be hiding a higher risk of tooth decay. Let’s look at five snacks you may want to check the label on before passing them to your child.

  1. Dried Fruit – Fruit is healthy isn’t it? Sure, but dried fruit usually has tons of sugar added. Check the packaging to make sure that dried fruit isn’t the equivalent of gummy candy.
  2. Peanut Butter – There’s nothing wrong with nuts as long as your child doesn’t have an allergy. The issue is that many peanut butter brands add sugar. Plus, peanut butter is sticky so that keeps the sugar on the teeth up until the next brushing. Just be sure to check labels when shopping for a peanut butter brand.
  3. Citrus Fruits – Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C, and you definitely want your kids to partake of these tasty treats. Just don’t go overboard. Too much of the acids in the juice of grapefruits or oranges can harm tooth enamel and may increase the risk of decay and cavities.
  4. Sports Drinks – This can seem like an easy way to get your kids to increase their electrolyte intake, especially if they play sports. The problem is that these drinks often have just as much sugar as a bottle of soda.
  5. Potato Chips – This is a starchy snack that can easily get caught between teeth and feed the bacteria that forms plaque. If not brushed away in time, that plaque may lead to the formation of tartar and eventually cavities.

Preventative Tips for Children’s Oral Care

BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry is proud to provide parents with tips for preventing tooth decay. To help your kids stay cavity free, don’t forget to schedule two professional cleanings per year. To schedule your child’s next cleaning at BRSH+FLSS, call 619-741-1500 today.