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As you may already know, sugar promotes cavity growth. If your child consumes high amounts of sugar, their smile is in danger. Our health-centered dentist in Ballwin, Missouri, Dr. James Stanford, encourages you to do what you can to reduce the amount of sugar your child has. In order to do so, he has some helpful tips.

First, provide more foods that have less sugar. Stick to the basics: meat, fruits, and vegetables. If you give your child more nutritious foods and treats, their teeth won’t be exposed to sugar as often. This can be an easier goal to achieve if you stock your pantry and refrigerator with healthier foods.

Second, make healthier snacks. You can still make the delicious desserts, treats, and snacks your child loves, but try to use less sugar or substitute the sugar with a natural or even artificial sweetener. It might change the taste and texture a little bit, but it’ll have less sugar and it’ll help your child’s smile.

Third, give your child sugar snacks on occasion—not all the time. All you need to do is save the sugary treats for special occasions, or you can set a goal for yourself and your child. For example, only give your child a sugary treat once every other day or even once a week.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to help your child reduce their sugar intake, please reach out to our dental team in Ballwin, Missouri. We are here to help you in any way we can; all you need to do is call Stanford Dental at 636-256-3559. We look forward to your phone call!