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Many parents in the Lehigh Valley, PA area, aren’t getting the message that sugary drinks, other than soda, are not healthy alternatives for your kids. As orthodontic treatment providers, we are not only concerned the added sugar is unhealthy in our kids diets, the drinks also promote decalcification or permanent white marks around brackets if patients are not brushing or rinsing their mouths after drinking.
The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut recently published a new study in public health nutrition in March 2015. The report was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which focuses on improving health and health care.
Did you know that the most recent federal dietary guidelines recommend limiting added sugar to 10% of total calories? So if a juice box is 50 calories, the sugar content should be 5 grams to pass muster.
Some interesting statistics found in the Rudd Study are:
Our orthodontists understand that kids and teens by nature will always choose the sweetened drink over good old fashioned water. Curtailing the amount of sugary drinks you allow your children to consume on a regular basis by being smart about what you purchase and distribute at home will go a long way in teaching your kids good nutritional habits and healthy lifestyles. And during orthodontic treatment in the Lehigh Valley, PA area, it will protect their teeth from the ravages of sugar deposits around the braces.
This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our practice would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.
Award-winning PA Orthodontist, Dr. Jason Hartman of Spark Orthodontics offers the most advanced braces and orthodontic treatment. Contact us today for a free consultation and exam at one of our PA orthodontic offices. With four convenient orthodontic offices located in Bethlehem, PA, Schuylkill Haven, PA, Temple, PA and Schnecksville, PA there is sure to be an office conveniently located near you. Call us today for a complimentary consultation for braces at any of our four orthodontic offices in PA!
Our Reading, PA Orthodontics Office: (610) 224-9571
Our Bethlehem, PA Orthodontics Office: (610) 850-9674
Our Schnecksville, PA Orthodontics Office: (610) 756-0309
Our Schuylkill Haven, PA Orthodontics Office: (570) 391-0901
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