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How Fruit Juices Harm Your Child's Teeth

A young child drinking a glass of juice

Juice is very high in sugar, even when it's 100% fruit juice. Juice is being recognized as part of the uptick of dental cavities in America's children. Frequently drinking juice can cause dental cavities in kids, even if the juice is watered down. Pediatricians recommend that you limit juice to 6oz a day but encourage parents to avoid it altogether.

Why Juice is Harmful

A 6oz box of Mott's brand juice 13 grams of sugar. The recommended amount of daily sugar intake for children is between 20-30g; one juice box means that they have almost hit their limit for the day!

Additionally, the bacteria that live in the mouth feed on sugar and create the acid that wears away the tooth enamel. Adding additional sugar to your child's diet is a recipe for dental cavities. Instead of offering your child juice, provide more fruit with meals and milk or water to drink.

Part of maintaining a healthy mouth is to care for your gums! If you believe you're suffering from gum disease or gingivitis, please contact Coastal Periodontics. We're here to help you learn about periodontal disease in Newington! 

Posted on Oct 12, 2020

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