Sending that apple juice box in your child's lunch every day isn't a bad thing, right? After all, apple juice is healthy – isn't it?
Unfortunately, there is a problem with your child's juice box, and here is what you should know.
Juice and Sugar
Many parents are surprised to learn that most fruit juices contain just as much sugar as soda. Fruit juice is typically marketed as "health food," which is misleading for many parents who regularly give their children juice boxes or their babies juice in their bottles.
As a double whammy, citrus juices like orange juice and lemonade are also very acidic, which contributes to the breakdown of tooth enamel and can contribute to tooth decay.
Children and Tooth Decay
Dental caries or cavities continue to plague children as one of the number one childhood issues, even more so than asthma, believe it or not. The good news for parents is there are many things you can do to prevent tooth decay for your child such as:
- Consistent brushing and flossing - be sure to supervise and assist until at least the age of seven or eight years old
- Limit snacking during the day
- If your child does need a snack, choose fruits or vegetables as they help to neutralize the acids in your mouth that cause decay
- Limit your child's consumption of sugary drinks like soda, fruit juice, and power drinks
- Visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups - children should see the dentist every six months just like adults
If you are looking for excellent children's dentistry in Chesterfield, MO, look no further than Dr. Robert Rahm. He and his team love taking care of children and teaching them the importance of their oral health. Give Chesterfield Valley Dental a call or send us an email today to schedule your child's next appointment.