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Early Childhood Cavities And Intake Of 100% Fruit Juice

The US Food and Drug Administration defines the term 100 per cent juice as a beverage made from fruit. The difference between 100 per cent fruit juice differs from juice drinks which are diluted with water and may contain added sugars or other ingredients. Since the 1990s the beverage consumption patterns of children have changed. More children are drinking beverages with added sugar such as sodas, soda pop, juice drinks and other sugary drinks instead of milk and water. One hundred per cent fruit juice is another beverage that has had a large increase in consumption. Some factors linked to the increase in consumption of 100 percent fruit juice is that it is a convenient snack for children, it is considered a healthy beverage choice, it costs less than milk and marketing efforts to increase fruit and vegetable intake may promote juice as an alternative.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that young children limit their consumption of 100 percent juice to four to six ounces per day. Despite this recommendation intake of 100 percent juice among young children remains high with the average preschooler consuming twice the recommended amount of this fruit juice every day. With the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act in effect since 2010 the US Department of Agriculture is promoting eating whole fruit instead of 100 percent fruit juice in children’s school meals to help prevent childhood obesity. Even though cavities have remarkably reduced over thirty years it is still a silent epidemic. About 20% of children between 2 and 4 years have detectable cavities and by seventeen years of age 80% of young people have had a cavity.
Diet plays an important role in a person’s pre-disposition to developing cavities. Excessive intake of or continuously sipping fruit juices can be a risk to dental health because these juices are highly acidic which can cause cavities. Currently high emphasis is placed on the relationship between drinks and snacks and obesity but there is a need for equal emphasis on the harmful effects of food and drinks on oral health. Preventive and interceptive care like getting teeth checked every six months for kids and watch what kids eat and drink is an essential cornerstone to control cavities.

Apollo Dental Care is the dental office of Dr. Sue Padavettan, D.D.S. Dr. Sue has 15 years of experience in dentistry. Graduated from USC with outstanding achievement award for restorative dentistry and was elected member of Honor Dental Society by the Zeta Chapter and is an active member and ADA, CDA and CCDS. Apollo Dental Care supports Heritage Patriots & East County Little League.
Apollo Dental Care is located at 4530 Balfour Rd. Suite C in Brentwood. They can be contacted at 925-634-5061.