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Fruit juices may harm the teeth

Giving your child fruit juice helps to supply the needed nutrients for growth.

However, experts say this must be backed up with steps to ensure it does not contribute to the child developing toothache.

They warned that even healthy fruit juices could be harmful to the teeth because these juices contain sugar and fruit that can erode the teeth enamel.

Dental enamel is the thin, outer layer of hard tissue that helps maintain the tooth's structure and shape while protecting it from decay.

Their warning was based on data from a survey, which found that 34 per cent of the 10,513,700 children (aged between four and 17 drink at least two or three glasses of squash or cordial a day in winter in UK).

They said that there is the need to cut down on juice intake by children because acidic fruit juices and squashes affect the whole surface of a tooth by causing dental erosion.

Daily exposure, they said, will cause a progressive loss of enamel with the effect that the teeth ‘shrink' and crumble at the biting edge.

Soft drinks like fruit juice, which contain acids, break the teeth surfaces.

These acids also damage tooth enamel over time by dissolving the mineral structure of the tooth, thus thinning the tooth.

Experts say that even diet drinks, which have no sugar in them, are very acidic and can dissolve tooth enamel, even though parents may think they are safer and doing the best for their children by giving them ‘healthier' drinks.

They said parents should try and combine acidic drinks with meal times and give the child a straw to drink soft drinks through as well as also supervise teeth brushing to ensure it is thorough.

They said that it might require waiting at least 30 minutes after drinking any sugary or acidic drinks to brush because the teeth would have been softened by the sugar and so you may end up doing more damage to your teeth.

That intake of too much of acidic foods can cause permanent damage to the teeth was also substantiated by another group of experts that said also that fruit, yoghurt, citric and soft drinks, may seem like harmless snacks and beverages, but improper consumption and overuse may lead to devastating and permanent damage to teeth.

 Posted on : Thu 17th - Jul - 2008

 

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