All Smiles! 3 Tooth-Healthy Desserts to Make Your Kids Happy

According to the 2015-2020 dietary guidelines provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, an individual shouldn’t have an added sugar intake of more than 10% of the their daily calories—that’s almost 6 teaspoons (25 gm) of sugar for women and 9 teaspoons (38 gm) for men in a day. For children, it’s advised to keep the sugar intake between 12 to 25 grams each day i.e. three to six teaspoons, based on their caloric requirements.

However, a report from DHHS revealed that every year on average, each individual in the United States consumes over 270 calories of added sugar on average. This is approximately 17 teaspoons of sugar on average in one day!
Children and teenagers are at a higher risk of developing dental issues because of excessive sugar intake. The recommended intake of fat and sugar combined should be between 5 percent and 15 percent every day for children and teenagers. But as per the records, only added sugar makes up for 16 percent of their caloric intake, which is alarming.
Despite being aware of these statistics, many parents have to surrender when their children put on their adorable faces and ask for chocolates, cookies, or anything to satisfy their sweet tooth. If you’re one of those parents—you’re doing great! But here is a list of some healthy desserts that will satisfy your little one’s craving for sweets, while protecting their teeth.

Fruity Desserts

The best way to get your kids to eat healthy is to incorporate fruits in their desserts—or better, make desserts out of fruits! Here is a list of some wholesome fruit-based dessert recipes that you can enjoy making with your kids:

Watermelon Pizza

Cut out some round 1-inch thin slices of watermelon and layer it with fresh Greek yogurt. Then top these slices with chunks of your kids’ favorite fruits such as strawberries, apples, kiwi, or blue berries. See the full recipe here!

Apple Donuts

Your kids will love these donuts for sure! Cut 1-inch thick round slices of apple and cut out a hole in the center using a cutter for the donut-look. Slather it with a layer of cream cheese and drizzle some honey on top for sweetness. You can also add food color to the cream cheese frosting to make your donut-time more fun! Sounds yum? Check out the full recipe here!

Fruity Tarts

These desserts are ideal for many occasions because you can create them in any shape you like. For the crust, combine honey, almond or peanut butter, and crushed oatmeal. Top these chewy tarts with Greek yogurt or cream cheese. Garnish with your choice of sliced fruit to add more beauty. Check out the accurate measurements for each ingredient that goes into this divine dessert, here.

If your kids are a fan of chocolate, give them some healthy chocolate in the form of chocolate mint mousse or peanut butter chocolate truffles.
Sure, these desserts are tooth-friendly, but a dentist’s visit is still mandatory for preventative dentistry. Get your kid’s oral health assessed by the best family dentist in Germantown at Advanced Dental Center. We offer a range of reliable dental solutions for adults and children of all ages. Have a virtual tour of our facility and call us at (301) 353-8890 for more information!