We are constantly reminded that we must have our ‘five a day’ of fruit and vegetables to ensure a healthy diet. Pure fruit juice can be classed as one of these portions but although good for your health it is not necessarily good for your teeth. Fruit juice contains a lot of acids and sugar which poses a risk of enamel erosion and dental caries in your teeth, especially in young children. In fact the Infant and Toddler Forum (ITF) support increased awareness about the content of juices and the harmful effects it can have on teeth and the Dean of the Dental Faculty at Royal College of Surgeons has called for fruit juice to be banned in school and for milk or water to be offered instead.
People often think that it is not necessary to protect baby teeth as much as permanent teeth but baby teeth are still just as prone to decay and erosion and should still be protected. Early tooth loss of baby teeth can cause problems for the permanent teeth when they eventually come through as it can lead to overcrowding. Giving pieces of fruit is better for your teeth but if juice has to be given dilute well e.g. one part juice to 6 parts water, and always give in a cup or glass, never a bottle. Also serve with meals and snacks and not in between.