Even if you’re giving your child 100% fruit juice, it’s still unbelievably high in sugar and is contributing to the cavity epidemic in America’s children. Frequent consumption of juice, even if parents are watering it down, can still cause dental cavities and tooth decay. It’s been recommended that children should only consume around 6oz (or less) of juice per day, although it may be smart to ban juice altogether!
A 6oz box of juice contains around 13 grams of sugar, depending on the brand. Since the recommended sugar intake for children is between 20-30 grams of sugar each day, your child has almost hit their daily sugar limit with just one box of juice! Since the bacteria in your child’s mouth love feeding on sugar and creating the acid that eats away at tooth enamel, you have a recipe for dental disaster!
The acid on the teeth will eventually cause dental cavities and tooth decay, as well as a hefty dental bill for you and some toothaches for them. To avoid these problems, offer your child water or milk to drink instead.
If you’re concerned about your child’s sugar intake, or to make an appointment for a regular pediatric cleaning and exam, please contact Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry today. Our Greensboro, NC children’s dental office is ready to help your child's dental health succeed!