Fruit Juice & Your Teeth: A Message From Your Dentist | Paul Weibel DMD

Orthodontist in Lancaster County

Beware of the seemingly healthy label “100 percent fruit juice.” While these drinks may appear nutritious, they can actually pose risks to your dental health. Dr. Paul Weibel DMD and the team at Weibel Orthodontics, PC, want to shed light on the recent guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) regarding fruit juice consumption, especially for young children.

New Guidelines: No Fruit Juice for Infants Under 12 Months
Previously, the AAP advised against giving fruit juice to infants younger than 6 months old. However, in light of new evidence, they now recommend refraining from fruit juice for any infant aged 12 months and younger.

The Sugar Conundrum: Vitamins vs. Tooth Decay
While fruit juice may offer essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin C and potassium, it also contains high levels of sugar. According to research highlighted by Medical News Today, fruit juice can contain up to 2 teaspoons of sugar per 100 milliliters.

Fruit Juice and Tooth Decay
Sugar is a primary culprit behind tooth decay, particularly in children. The AAP cautions against serving fruit juice in sippy cups to toddlers and young children, as it exposes teeth to prolonged contact with sugar, creating an ideal environment for decay.

Moderation Is Key
In line with the updated guidelines, moderation is crucial. While children under 12 months should avoid fruit juice altogether, older children can consume limited amounts. The AAP recommends a maximum of 4 ounces per day for children aged 1 to 3, 4 to 6 ounces for those aged 4 to 6, and 8 ounces for children aged 7 to 18. Diluting fruit juice with water can also help reduce sugar intake.

A Lifelong Commitment to Dental Health
Reducing sugary drink consumption benefits not only children but also adults. To safeguard your family’s oral health, Dr. Weibel and our team encourage regular dental visits for comprehensive screenings and decay treatment. If your child exceeds the recommended fruit juice intake, consider scheduling an additional cleaning with us.

Schedule Your Appointment Today
For personalized dental care and guidance on maintaining optimal oral health, contact Weibel Orthodontics, PC. Together, let’s promote a lifetime of healthy smiles for you and your family.

Weibel Orthodontics of Lancaster County
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3019 Marietta Ave
Lancaster, PA 17603