Fruit Juices and the Teeth
Fruit juice can be good for you in moderation, but too much of it can be damaging to your teeth. This is because fruit juice has a very high sugar content. The bacteria located in the plaque that forms in your mouth feeds off of sugar. When the bacteria break this sugar down, it creates a harmful acid byproduct. This acid eats away at the enamel of your teeth and can eventually lead to tooth decay.
It used to be thought that, if you did not get enough fruits and vegetables in your diet, then fruit juice was an acceptable alternative to get the nutrients that you need. While many fruit juices do contain important nutrients, their benefits are often outweighed by the amount of sugar that is contained in them.
It has been an especially popular trend to give children fruit juice instead of sodas. While they are certainly better than sodas in many ways, fruit juices simply contain too much sugar to be considered healthy alternatives. In combination, many children tend to hurry through brushing and flossing, as they do not find it as fun as the video game they were just playing. This is dangerous to their oral health as it is, let alone if they consume too much fruit juice. Enamel cannot be restored once it is lost, and losing it before entering into adulthood does not bode well for the future of their teeth and gums. Our dentists would like to remind you that dental health is strongly linked to overall health, so it is best to protect the teeth of your children by not giving them too much fruit juice.
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