Will Fruit Juice Harm My Kid's Teeth?

Fruit juice seems like a healthy choice for kids, but you may find that your family dentist in Middletown doesn’t agree. Despite some of the vitamins and minerals in fruit juice, it can be a disaster for your kids’ teeth because of its sugar and acid content, proving once again that water is the leading beverage of choice for good oral health.

Part of the problem with fruit juice is sugar. Even if you choose a variety with no added sugars, the sugar from the fruit itself can lead to tooth decay. Juice is worse for the teeth than whole fruit, because sipping juice means that your kids’ teeth are being repeatedly bathed in a sugar solution. The other problem with juice is acid. The high levels of acids found in most juice can attack the enamel. As enamel is stripped away, your kids’ teeth will develop spots that are more prone to cavities and that may become sensitive. If your kids do drink juice, encourage them to rinse their mouths with water right away to remove some of the harmful substances. Alternatively, make your family dentist happy and go straight to the water without the juice.

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