While nutritionists state that fruit juices are considered to be healthy for the body and are an optimal choice to the sugary sodas that are currently on the market, is fruit juice bad for children’s teeth?  Some say yes.

In fact, if a child consumes fruit juices three times a day, the damage that may be done to the teeth is more significant than if the child consumed soft drinks. Natural fruit juices contain a large amount of sugar. We all know that consistent exposure to sugar may lead to the development of cavities.

In this guide, you will learn more about the detrimental effects of natural fruit juices and how you can prevent your child from becoming subjected to those effects.

Acidic Content

Apart from the sugar contained in natural fruit juices, the beverages also have a high level of acidic content. The juices that have the highest level of acids include lemonade, apple juice, and orange juice. The acidic content actually reacts negatively to the bacteria that is naturally in the mouth.

The sugar in the beverages then result in the development of soft spots and lesions within the enamel of the teeth. The enamel helps to protect the teeth. According to studies, one sip of juice could result in an attack of acids for up to 20 minutes. Each sip that is taken increases this attack for an additional 20 minutes. When you think about it, that is a massive amount of damage!

Preventing Erosion

All children love juice. Juice is very healthy for the body. Chances are, your child will have a desire to drink juices – despite the detrimental effects that it could have on the teeth. If this is the case, there are a few steps that you may take to prevent erosion to the teeth.

These are as follows:

  1. Children should be encouraged to drink their fruit juice all at once and as quickly as possible. When it comes to tooth erosion, the frequency of the contact is the most important determining factor as far as tooth damage is concerned.
  2. Children should be encouraged to drink natural fruit juices with a straw. This will limit the exposure of the sugar and acid of the juice on the teeth.
  3. When children consume natural fruit juices, they should immediately rinse the mouth with water. This will help wash away the acid and sugar residue. Avoid brushing after drinking fruit juices because the teeth are softened because of the sugar and acid and brushing could result in removing the protective enamel of the teeth.
  4. When purchasing fruit juice for your child, opt for whole fruit juice. This type of juice is far less damaging to the teeth than other types of store-bought fruit juices.
  5. When at all possible, avoid the fruit juices and encourage your child to consume larger amounts of water.

Richmond Pediatric Dentistry specializes in the care and protection of kids’ teeth. If you would like to learn more about how we can help keep your child’s teeth bright, white, and beautiful, give us a call today.