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Tricks to Rethink Your Drink

The latest guidelines recommend that people 2 years and older keep their intake of added sugars to less than 10% of their total daily calories.

  • Choose water (tap or unsweetened, bottled, or sparkling) over sugary drinks.

  • Need more flavor? Add berries or slices of lime, lemon, or cucumber to water.

  • Missing fizzy drinks? Add a splash of 100% juice to plain sparkling water for a refreshing, low-calorie drink.

  • Need help breaking the habit? Don’t stock up on sugary drinks. Instead, keep a jug or bottles of cold water in the fridge.

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  • Water just won’t do? Reach for drinks that contain important nutrients such as low fat or fat free milk; unsweetened, fortified milk alternatives; or 100% fruit or vegetable juice first. (NOTE: Before infants are 12 months old, do not give fruit or vegetable juice. Juice after 12 months old is not necessary, but 4 ounces or less a day of 100% juice can be provided.)

  • At the coffee shop? Skip the flavored syrups or whipped cream. Ask for a drink with low fat or fat free milk, an unsweetened milk alternative such as soy or almond, or get back to basics with black coffee.

  • At the store? Read the Nutrition Facts label to choose drinks that are low in calories, added sugars, and saturated fat.

  • On the go? Carry a reusable water bottle with you and refill it throughout the day.

  • Choose water (tap or unsweetened, bottled, or sparkling) over sugary drinks.

  • Need more flavor? Add berries or slices of lime, lemon, or cucumber to water.

  • Missing fizzy drinks? Add a splash of 100% juice to plain sparkling water for a refreshing, low-calorie drink.

  • Need help breaking the habit? Don’t stock up on sugary drinks. Instead, keep a jug or bottles of cold water in the fridge.

  • Water just won’t do? Reach for drinks that contain important nutrients such as low fat or fat free milk; unsweetened, fortified milk alternatives; or 100% fruit or vegetable juice first. (NOTE: Before infants are 12 months old, do not give fruit or vegetable juice. Juice after 12 months old is not necessary, but 4 ounces or less a day of 100% juice can be provided.)

  • At the coffee shop? Skip the flavored syrups or whipped cream. Ask for a drink with low fat or fat free milk, an unsweetened milk alternative such as soy or almond, or get back to basics with black coffee.

  • On the go? Carry a reusable water bottle with you and refill it throughout the day.

  • Still thirsty? Learn how to drink more water.

Smile!

 

National Children's Dental Health Month is a great opportunity for our team to promote the benefits of good oral health, because developing good dental health habits, including scheduling regular dental visits, helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

The American Dental Association has chosen this year's campaign slogan to be "Sealants Make Sense." Visit the 2022 NCDHM Campaign website to download posters and activity sheets for kids (like a coloring sheet and a crossword puzzle), many of which are available in Spanish.

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About Kid's Teeth

We have two sets of teeth during life: 20 temporary baby teeth and 32 permanent adult teeth. Click the image below to learn about your child's teeth as they develop.

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