Archive for August 2011

Eliminate Fruit Juice From Your Child’s Diet

Many parents think that it is a healthy practice to give their children fruit juice. When fruit juice is labeled “all natural” or “organic”, it seems like a safe, health-conscious choice for their infants or young children. The truth is, even though fruit juice is natural, it is actually one of the worst things you can give your child. All fruit juices contain natural sugar, which can do just as much damage as added sugar. Fruit juices also contain acid, which can seriously erode the protective enamel on a child’s teeth. When children drink juice frequently, the sugars and acids find every nook, cranny and crevice in their teeth and cause decay.

boy drinking chocolate milk

Choose plain milk rather than chocolate

Drinks such as chocolate milk, carbonated sodas and sports drinks can be equally as dangerous to a young person’s teeth, and should be avoided. Children who are put to bed with bottles or sippy cups of juice or milk are at extreme risk for “bottle rot” (massive decay caused by bottle use at bedtime). Pre-teens and teenagers in high school or college who are in the habit of sipping on carbonated sodas while studying are also at high risk for tooth decay. When teeth are constantly bathed in sugar and acids, the natural saliva loses the battle of being able to wash away those sugars and acids, as it is supposed to do.

I feel that fruit juice is the biggest cause of decay in young children. It is something in which I strive to educate my patients’ parents, so that their children can have the healthiest teeth possible. It’s such an easy solution, but unfortunately it’s like a deep, dark secret to most parents.

So what are parents supposed to do? Be sure to provide your children with a balanced diet that does include fruits and vegetables. Brush and floss their teeth 2-3 times daily, start seeing a pediatric dentist 6 months after the first tooth erupts and every 6 months after that. As far as drinks are concerned, give your children lots of plain water, plain, unflavored milk, and try to avoid sending them to bed with bottles or cups of anything other than water. Preventing decay can be easy, once you know all the facts. Contact us to get all the facts: http://www.haasdentalnh.com/contact-haas-dental-associates.