Everyone loves cupcakes. Most people know cupcakes are delicious because they’re full of sugar. This is why cupcakes are typically seen as a treat.
All that sugar means they aren’t good for kids’ teeth or overall health. In fact, one and a half cupcakes have 30 grams of sugar. That’s almost twice the amount of added sugar a kid should have in one day. You know what else has almost as much sugar? One 10 oz serving of orange juice – the same juice served in sippy cups and juice boxes. Our latest video demonstrates these two treats facing off.
Experts agree that Americans eat and drink too much sugar. High consumption of sugar contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. About 15% of the calories in the American diet come from added sugars – or about 22 teaspoons a day. The biggest culprit? Sugary drinks, like juice and sports drinks, are the leading source of sugar in the American diet.
According to our research, 87% of parents give their children juice, thinking it’s healthy. The reality is that sugar fuels the bacteria that cause cavities. Cavities harm baby teeth especially, because the enamel on baby teeth is so thin. A common misconception is that baby teeth just fall out so there’s no need to worry about them. But tooth decay in baby teeth can spread to adult teeth. If any baby teeth have to be pulled or fall out too soon because of cavities and decay, the adult teeth are also more likely to come in crooked and diseased. That’s why protecting your child’s baby teeth is so important. Baby teeth matter.
The bottom line is: healthy baby teeth mean healthy adult teeth. Lots of water is one of the best ways to ensure your child has healthy baby teeth. What’s in your kid’s cup?