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Smart School Snackin’

September 8, 2017
It’s that time of year again – summer is over and the kids are going back to school! Which means, time to pack their lunches. Have you thought about how those lunches affect their dental health? It’s important to be mindful of what is going inside. These days, the amount of sugar hiding in various snacks is shocking! Here are a few tips to help prepare a healthier school lunch. 
 
Skip the apple sauce – the fruit content sounds appealing, but it is loaded with natural and added sugars that can lead to cavities. A good alternative is cottage cheese – you can add blueberries on top to mix it up! 
 
Avoid “fruit snacks” and go for real fruit instead. Many fruit snacks are sticky in texture and can hang onto teeth for hours. When sugar sticks to your teeth for a longer period of time, it encourages plaque build up. Go for apple slices or grapes instead.
 
Avoid starchy foods! They seem to be a good choice because of their low in sugar content, but in fact they can be just as bad as candy! This includes potato chips, pretzels etc. These snacks break down and stick to your teeth, increasing your chances of tooth decay! 
 
Keep your kids protected from cavities by packing a  healthy lunch. Don’t forget to bring them in for a routine check up and dental cleaning with us at Toronto Beach Dental. 
 
 
– Dr. Jay Rabinovich 
Posted in Blog by Jade