Finding a Pennsylvania(PA) orthodontist that is right for you or your child can be challenging. To help aid you in your search for the perfect orthodontist, we have put together the top 10 things you must know before choosing your orthodontist. We invite you to read it over and see if Spark Orthodontics will be a good fit for you!
Are Your Children Eating Cereals Listed in the Hall of Shame?
The Environmental Working Group researchers recently ranked more than 1500 #cereals by their total #sugar content, total weight and compared the findings with guidelines issued by federal health agencies and other organizations. What is most disturbing is that they also re-evaluated the list of 84 popular cereals evaluated in 2011 for comparison. Results… not one on the 2011 “worst” list hadlowered its sugar content over the last three years.
At Spark Orthodontics we recommend our patients follow a healthy diet that is low in sugar not only for patients wearing braces, but for all members of your family. The results are eye opening and worth bringing to your attention.
Many kids are attracted to the cartoons on the boxes in the shopping aisles and will often choose a #cereal as a snack vs eating other types of foods or deserts. A single serving can contain nearly as much sugar as three Chips Ahoy cookies, and more than two Keebler Fudge Stripe cookies. Since serving sizes listed on the boxes are very small, even #sugar conscious moms are feeding their kids more than they realize.
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Food and beverage companies established the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative in 2006. Their goal was to recognize it as a “part of the solution to the complex problem of childhood obesity. The program, for the first seven years, called for voluntary self-regulation allowing participating companies to set their own #nutrition standards for products they wanted to advertise to children.
The Initiative only began enforcing uniform nutrition criteria at the very end of 2013. There has been some progress reducing sugar in children’s cereals over the past three years, but the overwhelming majority of children’s cereals are still too high in sugar, even though research has shown that children will happily eat low-sugar cereals.
The flawed and outdated FDA rules do not benefit our children or help moms making smarter buying decisions when choosing a healthy breakfast product for children. As dental health professionals, we have been education our patients for years that sugar is harmful to teeth. The American Dental Association declares that “increased sugar in the diet increases the risk of decay” and encourages Americans to “keep added sugars in your diet to a minimum” (ADA 2013).
Added sugars add calories without contributing important and under-consumed nutrients such as fiber and potassium. Over time, this can either cause under-nutrition – by sacrificing nutrient-rich foods in order to keep overall calories down – or over-nutrition and obesity.
Here are EWG recommendations. Parents need to inform cereal manufactures they want more low sugar products in the marketplace by refusing to buy high sugar cereals, FDA needs to update their guidelines for nutritional facts, and manufacturers should lower the sugar content of their cereal as well as discontinue misleading information when marketing their products. In a perfect world, our children would not be at risk. In today’s consumer market, buyers beware till further notice!
Spark Orthodontics can help you or your loved one achieve a smile that benefits dental health as much as it increases confidence. However, we want you to feel confident that your choice in an orthodontist in PA, is the right one. Follow the steps below and get that smile you have always dreamed of.
Contact one of our orthodontic offices in Reading, Camp Hill, Harrisburg, Bethlehem, Schnecksville, Schuylkill Haven, Lancaster, York, Danville, Hazleton or Freeland, PA, via our online form.
Finding the orthodontist office in PA that is right for you can be a challenge. To help aid you in your search for the perfect orthodontist office for you, we have put together the top ten most important features to look for in an orthodontic office. We invite you to read it over and see if Spark Orthodontics will be a good fit for you!
At Spark Orthodontics, we accept virtually all insurances. We also help with paperwork submissions and filing. Additionally, we offer many financing options with no money down and flexible terms.
Accelerate Your Treatment By Up To 50% With Spark
Traditional orthodontic treatment can take up to two years to complete. At Spark Orthodontics, we offer a system that allows you to speed up treatment by up to 50%! Ask for more details during your no-obligation Spark Smile Assessment.
Finding an orthodontist in PA you like, trust, and ultimately feel comfortable with can be challenging. For this reason, we invite you to take advantage of our Spark Smile Assessment at no charge and no obligation! The assessment includes a comprehensive initial exam, digital x-rays, consultation and analysis, a $249 value - yours for free!
As orthodontists, we get many questions from parents just like you, who are not sure if their child needs braces, if they should see an orthodontist, as well as many other questions. We invite you to download this free report to help answer these questions.
Our award-winning orthodontist in Reading, Bethlehem, Schnecksville, Pottsville, Lancaster, York, Danville, and Hazleton, PA, offers the most advanced braces for children, braces for teens and braces for adults. These types of braces include metal braces, clear braces, and Invisalign. We can even help you get straight teeth up to 50% faster with AcceleDent!
Come experience Spark Orthodontics! You will see we offer effective and affordable braces in Reading, Camp Hill, Harrisburg, Bethlehem, Schnecksville, Pottsville, Lancaster, York, Danville, and Hazleton, PA.
Call (610) 223-7777 today for a free consultation for braces at one of our orthodontic offices in Reading, PA, Camp Hill, PA, Harrisburg, PA, Bethlehem, PA, Schnecksville, PA, Pottsville, PA, Lancaster, PA, York, PA, West Hazleton, PA, or Danville, PA.