Most parents know they shouldn’t send their kids to school with sugary, acidic sodas, but there are secret sugars hiding in some of the drinks parents consider good for kids. Sodas are highly acidic and contain large amounts of natural and processed sugars. This one two punch can increase risk of decay for kids. Reducing soda intake or removing it completely from your child’s diet is a great first step, but there are actually other drinks that can negatively impact your child’s oral health. There are three keys to keeping your child’s smile healthy. Drink sugary and acidic beverages in moderation, keep teeth healthy with great at home care, and visit a trusted Boiling Springs dentist for biannual dental checkups and professional teeth cleanings.
Take a Closer Look at Juice and Sports Drinks
Most parents think giving their kids juice or sports drinks is a good option to provide many of the vitamins and electrolytes the body needs. However, these drinks contain high amounts of sugar that can significantly increase children’s risk for tooth decay and erode protective tooth enamel. If you do give your child juice, provide only 100% juice with no sugar added. Even these juices can lead to decay because of the natural sugars in the fruit, but they are much better for your child’s oral and overall health. Additionally, if you do provide kids with juice, it’s important to use the following portion recommendations:
- 7-18 years of age – no more than 8 ounces
- 4-6 years of age – no more than 6 ounces
- 1-3 years of age – no more than 4 ounces
- >1 year of age – no juice
- Kids with abnormal weight gain – no juice
Best Drink Options
Free of acids and sugars, water is the best and healthiest option for your child. Another good option is low fat or non-fat milk. If your child won’t drink water or milk, you can provide them with a sugar free sports drink or no sugar added 100% juice, but consider diluting these drinks with 2/3 water and 1/3 juice or other drinks. This will keep your child better hydrated and reduce risk for tooth decay.
Meet the Carlisle Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Team
At Carlisle Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re dedicated to helping patients understand the oral health and hygiene treatments we provide. Our knowledgeable team is always here to answer your questions, and the monthly dentistry blog is just one more way we offer information to help patients better understand their dental care needs. If you’d like to find out more or schedule an appointment, contact our Boiling Springs dentist and team today.