In a new policy statement published by the American Academy of Pediatrics in May 2017, they recommend no fruit juice for children under 1 year.
The new statement says:
“Fruit juice offers no nutritional benefit to children under age 1 and should not be included in their diet”
The new advisory comes from the recently published statement Fruit Juice in Infants, Children, and Adolescents: Current Recommendations.
This is an update to past recommendations which already advised that children under six months should not drink juice.
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Historically, fruit juice was recommended by pediatricians as a source of vitamin C and as an additional source of fluids for healthy infants and young children. It was also sometimes recommended for children with constipation.
Fruit juice is usually marketed as a healthy, natural source of vitamins. Because it tastes good, children will usually accept it easily, as opposed to many other foods at this age. Although juice consumption has some benefits, it also has
Although juice has some benefits, it also has potentially negative effects as well. It is usually full of both sugar and calories and can lead to unnecessary weight gain.
“We know that excessive fruit juice can lead to excessive weight gain and tooth decay,” said co-author of the statement Steven A. Abrams, M.D., in a news release.
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He goes on to say “Be cautious about putting a bottle or sippy cup in the child’s mouth with fruit juice because that can cause really cause problems for their teeth,” Abrams said.
“Some parents will use the bottle as a pacifier and just stick some apple juice in the bottle.” That leads to sugar from the apple juice just sitting in the child’s teeth, which can increase the risk of tooth decay.”
“One hundred percent fresh or reconstituted fruit juice can be a healthy part of the diet of children older than 1 year when consumed as part of a well-balanced diet. Fruit drinks, however, are not nutritionally equivalent to fruit juice.”
Juice for children recommendations
- Children under one year of age should not have any juice.
- Children ages 1-3 should not have more than 4 ounces of juice daily.
- Children ages 4-6 should be limited to 4 to 6 ounces daily.
- Children ages 7-18 should be limited to 8 ounces daily.
- Toddlers should not be given juice in “sippy cups”. This allows them to drink juice all day long, causing excessive exposure of the teeth to sugar and tooth decay.
- Toddlers should not be given juice at bedtime.
- Children should be encouraged to eat whole fruits. These contain both vitamins and dietary fiber.
- Consumption of unpasteurized juice products should be strongly discouraged for children of all ages.
- Children who take specific forms of medication should not be given grapefruit juice, which can interfere with the medication’s effectiveness.
- Fruit juice is not appropriate in the treatment of dehydration or management of diarrhea.
We hope that you will take these recommendations into consideration for your own children. We want to help parents establish good dental health habits for children so they get a good foundation for health as adults.
David Wilhite is a Plano Dentist specializing in children’s pediatric dentistry with over 30 years experience in general and cosmetic dentistry. He can help you with children’s dental care, thumb sucking and pacifier use, dental fears in children and baby dental care.
Keep your child smiling now and in the future!
Juice image credit: Pixabay
AAP says juice a no-no for babies – ADA
Don’t Give Your Baby Fruit Juice, But A Little For Older Kids Is Okay, Say Pediatricians – Forbes
American Academy of Pediatrics Recommends No Fruit Juice For Children Under 1 Year – AAP
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Imagine losing your front teeth. It would change how you breathe, eat, smile. You would have to endure several time consuming and costly dental procedures to fix it. This is why it is critical you wear a custom fit mouth guard when participating in contact sports.
There are many reasons a custom fit mouth guard is better than stock.
- A custom fit mouth guard will better protect your teeth and mouth since it is designed especially for you.
- The American Dental Association and the Academy for Sports Dentistry both recommend a properly fitted custom mouth guard for all contact and collision sports.
- Custom mouth guards typically last longer than stock or boil and bite mouth guards 5 to 1 times.
- Custom mouth guards are easier to breathe with since they are designed for oxygen flow. This is helpful for athletes since endurance and communication is not limited.
- Custom mouth guards protect braces, bridgework and other costly dental work.
- Stock mouth and boil and bite guards make it more difficult to talk.
- Stock mouth guards can be uncomfortable.
- Stock and boil and bite mouth guards do not last as long since they can be chewed through more quickly.
- Over 5 million teeth are knocked out each year and the lifetime cost to replace one tooth is approximately $20,000
Any parent knows it can be a struggle to get our kids to brush and floss regularly. It takes a lot of time to teach proper technique but this set them on a lifelong path to oral health. Follow these simple tips to teach your child how to keep mouth healthy and smile sparkling.
1. Make It Fun!
Teeth brushing and flossing can be a bit boring. Turn the time into a game or storytelling. Play a song during their oral hygiene routine or teach them to count their teeth.
2. Positive Reinforcement
Remember to praise your kids! They will be excited you noticed and are proud of them.
3. Flossing Charts
This coincides with positive reinforcement. A flossing chart with stickers and incentives will encourage kids to maintain their flossing routine. They can see their progress and remain motivated.
4. Kids Only Tools
Kids will take pride in their brushing efforts even more when they have their own dedicated tools. It’s difficult for kids to wrap floss around their fingers, so try getting them individual flossing sticks. They are easy to hold and use and make flossing more fun. When they’re done, they can just throw it away!
5. Be The Example
Show your kids how important brushing and flossing are by being a positive role model. If they see you taking good care of your mouth and following an oral hygiene routine, they will be even more likely to succeed.
These simple steps should help young children follow a healthy oral hygiene routine!
When your dentist gives you an examination he or she may see (or smell) some things that could be very revealing about your health. Read on to see what your mouth might expose about your health.
1. Bleeding gums
It is not that uncommon for your gums to occasionally bleed when flossing if you haven’t done it for a while. However, if they continue to bleed this could be a sign of undiagnosed pre-diabetes. If you’re diabetic this could hint at out of control blood sugar levels. You should talk to your doctor about it to either get your blood sugar tested or find out how to manage your diabetes better.
2. Bad Breath
Bad breath is usually caused by poor oral hygiene, bacteria waste, debris and food particle decay. But, it could be indicative of either acid reflux or a sinus infection. If your dentist finds that your brushing is not a problem, they may refer you to your doctor to get to the bottom of it.
3. Worn-down Teeth
Worn-down teeth are caused by grinding, which usually occurs during sleep. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching usually occurs in people with higher levels or stress. Your doctor may suggest fitting you with a night guard.
4. White Patches On Tongue and Cheek
Thrush is usually a sign of a lowered immune system. This can happen due to something as simple as a cold. An anti-fungal can be prescribed as an easy remedy.
5. Dental X-rays Do Not Look Right
This could be a sign of osteoporosis, especially in women. You can ask for your doctor is a bone-density test would be recommended.
6. Inflamed Gums
Your teeth look great, but your gums do not. If your gums are very inflamed and bleed on touch but your teeth are clean it could be a form of leukemia. A follow-up with your regular doctor should be done to rule anything out.
7. Lesions At The Back Of Your Mouth
This could be oral cancer most likely caused by HPV. You will need to go see your primary care doctor and get the testing done.
8. Dry Mouth
Lack of saliva is usually caused by medications, but it could be a sign you have the autoimmune disease Sjögren’s syndrome. You will need to see a rheumatologist for confirmation.
The American Dental Association recently released new guidelines on treating patients with gum disease.
According to newly released guidelines by the American Dental Association, dentists who are treating patients with gum disease or periodontitis should initially use scaling and root planing (SRP), deep cleaning of the teeth, for treatment.
According to ADA President and periodontist Maxine Feinberg, D.D.S. “This is the first time the various treatments of periodontitis have been compared side-by-side … Dentists are often challenged with managing gum disease of varying severity; these guidelines will assist practitioners in their decision-making and ultimately help patients receive the right treatment at the right time.”
Guidelines for gum disease is especially important because it is the major cause of tooth loss and estimates according to the authors of the paper found chronic periodontitis affects 42.7 percent of the adult population 30 or older in the United States.
According to Medical News Today, “In 2011, the ADA resolved to develop a clinical practice guideline on nonsurgical treatments including SRP. SRP is the process by which dentists remove tartar and plaque that attach to the tooth surfaces. Based on a review of the evidence, the ADA concluded that clinicians should consider SRP as the initial treatment for patients with chronic periodontitis. Other treatments combined with SRP were examined, including systemic subantimicrobial-dose doxycycline (SDD), systemic antimicrobials and lasers. The sub-antimicrobial dose doxycycline (Periostat) was a stronger recommendation than other systemic antimicrobials/antibiotics because of concerns of side effects and overprescribing.”
“The guidelines, based on a systematic review and meta-analysis of treatment of periodontitis, were published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA).”
David Wilhite is a Plano Dentist specializing in gum disease treatment with over 30 years of experience in general and cosmetic dentistry. He can help you with everything from a consultation, to a check-up, to cleaning, whitening, and full mouth restoration.
Together we will transform your smile!