Pediatric Dentists in San Diego have deemed one of oral hygiene’s top enemies as juice. Juice (even 100% natural) is high in sugar, often contains High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and is likely the leading cause of many a cavity that we see in our San Diego CA office. Despite popular belief, even if “watered down”, frequently drinking juice will still cause cavities.
Parents may be shocked, but juice is the most dangerous for causing cavities when a child is sipping a bottle or sippie cup. Even if kids are sipping on watered down juice throughout the day, the frequency of sugar consumption is way too much. They get less total sugar but are somewhat “bathing” their teeth with sugar. It is also very important that children are not allowed to drink juice (or any drink besides water) after brushing their teeth.
A 6 oz Mott’s reduced sugar apple juice box has 13 grams of sugar. Kids should only have 20-40 grams of added sugar depending on age and activity level. An 8 oz serving of juicy juice “natural” apple juice contains 26 grams of sugar. The bacteria in our mouths use sugar as a fuel source, creating acid that eats away teeth, ultimately cause cavities.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that the maximum amount of juice children should have is one 6oz serving per day (1 juice box) in San Diego CA. Pediatric Dentists in San Diego does not encourage sugary drinks. To see if sugars are being over productive in your child’s mouth, contact Children’s Dentistry of San Diego at (858) 536-1111.