Limiting Sugar Intake For Healthier Missoula Kids

Family Dentist Missoula

Every health-conscious Missoula parent knows that sugar is the number one cause of cavities for Montana 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 Missoula 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 Lolo 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 Missoula child’s diet is essential for lifelong oral health. When choosing lunchbox or after-school snacks at your Frenchtown market, Lolo convenience store or Orchard Homes recreation center snack bar, read the labels. Sugar content varies among brands.

Sugar is only one diet component that impacts Lolo 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.

At Felton Dental Care in Missoula, we provide high-quality children’s, general, and cosmetic dentistry to patients in the Montana communities of Missoula, Frenchtown, and Orchard Homes. The team at Felton Dental Care pampers our youngest patients. If you have a toddler who has not visited a dentist, call us today to schedule a first-time dental check-up. Our number is (406) 728-0896.