The Dangers of Fruit Juice: How to Protect Your Child's Smile

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McHenry family dentistKids tend to have an affinity for sugary treats and drinks. However, most parents understand that too much sugar can be bad for a developing smile, and that some sweet things are more deceiving than others. Fruit juice is one of these well-hidden products, and can actually be detrimental to your child's oral health. So how, exactly, can you and your family dentist help protect your child's smile from the oral healthcare risks associated with fruit juice?

Fruit juice, even if it is all natural, contains a lot of sugar. Many juices even have sugar added to them, making them just as sugary as most sodas. Fruit juice is also very acidic. The combination of high sugar concentration and high level of acidity can cause a myriad of issues, including:

  • Weakened tooth enamel
  • Increased growth of cavity-causing bacteria
  • Tooth decay

If your child drinks a lot of fruit juice, they may be at risk for these problems. Fortunately, there are ways you can protect your child's smile now to ensure it remains healthy and strong long into adulthood, including:

  • Avoid letting kids sip juice throughout the day
  • Dilute juice with water (this will reduce acidity and sugar content)
  • Drink juice with a meal (the saliva produced during a meal can help protect teeth from erosion)
  • Use a straw when drinking juice or other sugary beverages
  • Rinse their mouth with water after drinking juice
  • Teach your kids to brush their teeth often
  • Find alternatives to fruit juice including water, milk and whole fruit

These tips, combined with regular family dental care, can help keep your child's smile strong for years to come. Dr. Preet Sandhu and our experienced dental team offer our patients various family dentistry procedures to make sure everyone's dental care is on track, including:

If you are in the McHenry area and would like to learn more about our family dentistry services, give our office a call at 815-893-6345 to schedule your initial consultation.