Limiting Sugar Intake For Healthier San Diego Kids

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Oral Health For San Diego Kids

Every health-conscious San Diego parent knows that sugar is the number one cause of cavities for California kids – and plenty of us adults also snack on too many sweet snacks and beverages.

Because of cavity risks, low nutritional value, and high calorie content, many San Diego parents want to limit the sugar in their children’s diets. Obviously, there is a lot of sugar in bubble gum, lollipops, and gummy candy. But there is also sugar lurking in so-called ‘healthy’ snacks.

Here are some popular San Diego kid’s snacks with significant amounts of sugar:

yogurt covered raisins
fruit snacks including the roll-up and syrup-filled varieties
rice cakes
many brands of yogurt including the hand-held type
juice drinks
flavored milk
barbecue sauce
fruit smoothies
cereal bars

Controlling sugar intake in your San Diego child’s diet is essential for lifelong oral health. When choosing lunchbox or after-school snacks at your Hillcrest market, San Diego convenience store or Mission Hills recreation center snack bar, read the labels. Sugar content varies among brands.

Sugar is only one diet component that impacts San Diego kids’ oral health. If your son’s or daughter’s diet is lacking key vitamins and minerals, the tissues in their mouth may have trouble fighting infection. These infections can lead to gum disease and other general dentistry issues.

At Marcos Ortega DDS in San Diego, we provide high-quality general and cosmetic dentistry to patients in the California communities of San Diego, Hillcrest, and Mission Hills.
The team at Marcos Ortega DDS pampers our youngest patients. If you have a toddler who has not visited a dentist, call us today to book a first-time dental hygiene appointment and check-up. Our number is 619-717-8459.