They’re marketed as lower calorie options, healthier, and a better alternative to some of America’s favorite treats, but is going sugar-free really better for your child and their teeth?
When picking out a sugar-free treat you must out weigh the risks to the rewards. It is an alternative to your child’s favorite candies and reduces their intake of sugar. However, with this being said it may not be completely safe for their dental health.
Many of these sugar-free treats have citric acid which can wear away at tooth enamel, making the risk of developing cavities greater. Sugar alcohols which are also found in most food labeled as “no sugar added” or “sugar-free” may have side effects on children who have sensitive stomachs. They may experience gas, bloating, and diarrhea.
Many Pediatric Dentists Support The Use of Sugar-Free Gum With Xylitol
Xylitol is a natural sweetener found in the fibers of vegetables, fruits, and other plants that increases the saliva production which is important for washing away bacteria and food particles helping to maintain good oral health. It can be beneficial when consumed in moderation especially for children who have chronic dry mouth.
Teaching your child at an early age to brush and floss after drinking or eating will aid in maintaining good dental health.
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