By Kelsi Matylewicz/Benco Dental Social Media Intern
Juice, fruit snacks, cake, cupcakes, ice cream, donuts.
That’s a lot of sweets.
It’s hard to keep your children away from sugar during any time of the year, Saratogian Lifestyle warns: Don’t let it get out of hand.
Over-consumption of white sugars is a problem for many children that can lead to obesity, nutritional deficiencies and a host of other health issues. Excessive sugar consumption is also believed to affect a child’s mood and energy level. Not to mention that sugar causes the formation of plaque and attracts cavity causing bacteria on teeth.
Dr. Farzad Sani of Pediatric Dentistry of Glens Falls says that nutrition is very important for your teeth and overall health, children need to have a well-balanced diet.
Healthy eating must be instilled in children from a young age, Saratogian Lifestyle offers tips on reducing sugar to keep kids healthy:
- Beware the sippy cups. Children shouldn’t sip on sugary drinks or munch on sugary foods for extended periods of time. Serve to children in moderation and mix with water.
- Don’t use sugary treats as rewards: It can certainly be tempting to offer candy as rewards or incentives for good behavior, this can lead to unhealthy eating behaviors. Try to use stickers instead.
- Don’t cut sugar and treats completely out, just serve in moderation.
Brush twice a day, and don’t forget to floss daily!