Fruit Juices Could Be Harming Your Child’s Oral Health
Juice, even when it’s 100% fruit juice, is incredibly high in sugar and is causing a cavity epidemic in America’s kids. Frequent consumption of juice, even if it’s watered down, can still cause cavities. It’s recommended that kids should only be having 6oz of juice a day, although you may want to consider a juice ban.
Why is juice so bad?
A 6oz Mott’s brand juice box contains 13 grams of sugar. Since the recommended sugar intake for kids is between 20-30 grams of sugar a day, your child has almost hit their limit on one small juice box. Add to this the fact that the bacteria in your child’s mouth feed on this sugar, creating the acid that erodes the enamel on their vulnerable teeth and you have a recipe for disaster. The acids will cause cavities and decay, as well as pain for your child and a bill for you!
Instead of fruit juices, try offering your child more fruits with meals and water to drink.
To schedule your child for a routine cleaning and exam, or you believe your child has a cavity, please call Great Outdoors Pediatric Dentistry, located in Dover, New Hampshire.