Sugary Drinks That Cause Tooth Decay

Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II
Commack (631) 486-6364
Medford (631) 320-0880

As a parent, limiting sugary drinks in your child’s daily intake should be a main priority. Drinks that are made with added sugar can do harm to your child’s health. Not only are children likely to gain weight from the added sugar and empty calories, but it can negatively affect their oral health. Look out for those sweet drinks and the problems that they cause.

Artificially Sweetened Soft Drinks - While artificially sweetened soft drinks may not contribute to weight gain like regular soft drinks do, they still have the acidity of the regular kind. This acidity can lead to tooth erosion and decay. For obvious reasons, soft drinks should be avoided altogether!

Fruit and Vegetable Juices - Even though fruit and vegetable juices do contain natural sugars, it can still be bad for your teeth. These natural sugars are highly concentrated when in juice form and can be just as bad as soft drinks. Letting your child have these juices is not needed for them to have a balanced diet. One glass of fruit juice can equal up to four servings of fruit which contains too much sugar for one serving. Instead, encourage them to eat real fruits or vegetables which are a lot less harsh on their teeth and are a lot better for their health.

Bottle Feeding - Children who regularly ingest sugary drinks are at a higher risk for tooth decay. Pairing these juices with a bottle, for babies, can be even worse. Parents that soothe their baby to sleep with a comforting bottle of juice or milk are doing much more harm than they think. The baby will drink the juice or milk and fall asleep. The sugar will sit on the teeth and gums of the child overnight and could cause decay. Even without any teeth, babies can develop decay in their gums and future teeth.

Milk - For children under the age of 12 months, breast milk and instant formula should be given to your child. If older than 12 months, regular, full-fat milk should be used. Once the child is at least two years in age, they should be drinking low-fat milk and water as their main drinks. If your child is craving anything sweet, opt for a plain, unflavored low-fat milk option.

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Avoiding sugary drinks altogether could mean the difference between a mouth of decaying teeth and a healthy smile. Concerned with the health of your child’s teeth? Bring them into Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County and have our dentists take a look at those growing chompers! Our dentists place an emphasis on preventative care and creating good hygiene habits. Let us take a look at those growing teeth and teach your child on how they can take care of them. For more information, visit our website or call either of our two offices!

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