No Juice for Children Under One Year Old
Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended children under the age of one year not be given fruit juice due in part to its contribution to tooth decay. Children older than one year old should have juice only sparingly.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends giving juice to toddlers in a cup not a bottle and to not put infants to bed with a bottle in their mouth. Also, it is best to not allow children to carry around sippy cups, bottles, juice boxes, etc. throughout the day to minimize the amount of time cavity inducing carbohydrates in juice are sitting on tooth surfaces.
Whole fruit does not cause decay to the same extent as juice, has more fiber and is a better way to get the vitamins and nutrients of fruit.
Talk to Dr. Mondale at your next appointment for further information and for tips on how to better care for your teeth!
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