By Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center
September 28, 2016
Category: Oral Health

You want to do whatever you can to protect your child’s smile from cavities.

Find out if fruit juice will help or hurt your child’s teeth from your Holland dentist.

Fruit is considered a health food and one that we should be getting at least 4 servings of a day. So fruit juice has to be just as healthy family dentistryright? While you may be overjoyed that your child is reaching for that box of juice over a can of soda our Holland, MI dentists--Dr. Ryan Lebster, Dr. Jose Vivas and Dr. Arnold Baker--are here to tell you why you may want to limit the amount of fruit juice in your child’s diet.

While certain types of juice can be a great part of a child’s balanced diet, it is the type of juice that you choose that could have a serious impact on your child’s oral health. This means reading those nutritional labels the next time you pick up fruit juice for your child. Many juices on the market aren’t 100 percent juice and are chock full of sugar or high fructose corn syrup, which can greatly increase your child’s risk of cavities.

So if your child does love fruit juice, make sure you are giving them juices that are 100 percent juice and don’t contain added sugar. The natural sugars from fruit juice should be enough. Of course, you still want your child to enjoy these things in moderation, as even natural sugars can increase tooth decay over time.

Another thing to consider is that while it’s okay to give your child a glass of juice to enjoy with a mid-afternoon snack, fruit juice isn’t something that you want to place in a sippy cup for your little one to enjoy all day long. By allowing your child to drink juice all day long it’s giving the bacteria in their mouths enough time to continue to eat away at tooth enamel all day.

Instead, as we mentioned above, serve juice only with snacks or during mealtimes, which will cut down on the amount of enamel erosion that will occur. If your child does want to carry a sippy cup around, only put water in it. It’s also not a bad idea to dilute the fruit juice so it’s half juice and half water. A normal serving size of juice for your kiddos should be between 4 to 6 ounces a day.

It’s important that at the age of one year old that your child starts visiting their Holland, MI family dentist every six months for care. Turn to the experts at Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center, who are happy to provide quality dental care for the whole family.