Packing a Lunch for Your Children That Promotes Better Oral Health
In many places, the kids are getting ready to head back to school, you are probably back to the routine of packing the lunch boxes every day. One thing to keep in mind is that what you pack for your children can have an impact on their oral health, and that includes your choice of beverages.
Here are some recommendations from your family dentist in Chesterfield, MO Chesterfield Valley Dental.
Fruit Juice Is Full of Sugar
Many people see fruit juice as a healthy beverage for kids. But juice that is even made 100 percent from fruit is still loaded with sugar. The American Academy of Pediatrics makes the following recommendations for juice consumption and kids:
- Babies under 12 months old should not be given fruit juice. Children of any age who are showing abnormal weight gain should also skip the fruit juice.
- Toddlers age three and under should be limited to just 4 ounces of juice each day.
- Kids between the ages of four and six should have just 6 ounces of juice each day.
- Older kids, up to the age of 18, should limit juice consumption to 8 ounces a day—or 1 cup.
- These guidelines pertain to juice that is 100 percent fruit juice with no added sugar because it can still cause tooth decay.
- A piece of fresh fruit, such as an apple or an orange, is always a healthier option.
Water and Milk Are Healthier Choices
You can’t go wrong with water because it is the most tooth-friendly beverage around. If your kids would like something else in their lunch, lowfat or nonfat milk is another great option. Plain milk is best, of course, without the sugary flavorings such as chocolate or strawberry.
Call a Family Dentist in Chesterfield, MO
If you have questions about your child’s oral health, or if it’s time for a routine checkup for any member of your family, give us a call! We look forward to seeing you.