Just How Bad Is Fruit Juice for a Child’s Teeth?
We regularly discuss the need to keep sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks away from kids. The fact is, however, that some juices can be just as bad. This is because juice contains a high amount of natural sugar, and then many manufacturers compound that by adding processed sugars or even high fructose corn syrup. Just how bad are these juices for a child’s teeth?
How Much Is Sugar in Juice Anyway?
A study in the UK revealed that over half of fruit juices considered contained more than the daily recommended amount of sugar for a child in just one serving. That’s a lot of sugar that feeds the oral bacteria leading to tooth decay. So what can you do when your kid is craving a sweet drink?
Try watering down juices. Most kids get a taste for ultra-sweet drinks simply because that’s what is available. If your child already likes juice, try pouring 2/3 juice and 1/3 water to start. Gradually work your way to half and half. If you can reach 1/3 juice and 2/3 water, you now have a semi-sweet drink that your child can enjoy once or twice a day as long as he or she isn’t taking in a lot of sugar from other sources.
Helping Parents Keep an Eye on the Sugar Intake of Children
At BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry, we recognize that we live in an environment where most people don’t think twice about drinking sugary beverages all day long. Thus, we make it our aim to inform parents of the risks. That helps you to make informed choices and leads to healthier teeth for your kids. To learn more about how to prevent tooth decay, schedule an appointment for your child with our experts by calling 619-741-1500.