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Anchorage Kids' Dentist Reveals 5 Foods With Hidden Sugars August 22, 2017

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Anchorage Kids' Dentist Reveals 5 Foods With Hidden Sugars, Anchorage, Alaska

As children’s baby teeth are replaced with permanent ones, good oral hygiene becomes more important than ever. It’s a parent’s responsibility to teach and monitor brushing during this time. Alaska Dentistry for Kids in Anchorage wants to help you protect your child’s smile. To start, the kids’ dentist has provided five common foods that have surprisingly high hidden sugars.

5 Foods With Hidden Sugars

1. Yogurt 

Yogurt is a go-to snack children love. What many busy parents don’t realize, however, is that even low-fat yogurts can have up to 33 grams of sugar. The fruit-flavored options have even more. Instead, opt for plain yogurt with fresh fruit slices. 

2. Dried Fruit

Raisins and other dried fruit commonly eaten by children can have a deceptively high sugar content. Many products have added sugars for taste, so read the labels carefully. Choose an option with no additives that’s better for your child’s health and teeth. 

3. Granola Bars

kids' dentistMeal replacement bars are quick snacks for both adults and children. However, almost half of the calories in these granola products come from sugar that can wreak havoc on a smile. Search for brands with only 35% calories from sugar or less instead.

4. BBQ Sauce

What child doesn’t love chicken nuggets with barbecue sauce? Unfortunately, this condiment, along with ketchup and many others, contains high amounts of sugar. Your kids’ dentist will recommend staying away from these items or ensure proper cleaning after a meal. 

5. Instant Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a popular breakfast choice parents view as healthy, thanks to high amounts of fiber, but many options have a lot of added sugar for flavor. A better meal for your child is plain oatmeal with banana or apple slices for improved taste. 

A diet high in sugar can damage your child’s teeth, resulting in cavities and future dental issues. To combat sugar, visit the kids’ dentists at Alaska Dentistry for Kids. To schedule your child’s next cleaning, call (907) 274-2525, or reach out online to send them a message.

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