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Is fruit juice really harmful for my child's teeth?

The simple answer is yes (it can be). Fruit juices (orange, apple, grape, etc.) do contain vitamin C, calcium (added typically), and water, which do offer some health benefits. However, there is a lot of sugar in juice. Even juice that is considered “100% juice” or “not from concentrate” contain high levels of sugar (some of which is added…yes, that happens in 100% juice). Our recommendation would be to cut out juice all together or allow your child to have one glass of juice (8 oz.) per day, given at meal time.

Studies show that sugars ingested during the course of a meal are less harmful to our teeth due to the protective benefits offered by the mechanical forces from chewing and saliva stimulation.

Key Point 1: Whole fruit is better for your child than juice. Not only do most whole fruits offer fiber and other minerals that most juices do not contain, there are no added sugars. Fruit, itself, does contain fructose, a complex sugar composed of sucrose and glucose. However, fructose isn’t as easily utilized by MS (although it can be used nonetheless).

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To all of our patients and families:

It is with much anticipation and excitement that our re-opening date for routine dental care will be Monday, June 1st! On behalf of everyone at Valleau, Vandeven, and Massie Dentistry for Children, we thank you for being a part of our family and for your continued support and patience.

We will be in touch shortly to reschedule appointments cancelled from March-May. If your child has an appointment on June 1st or after, you will be receiving a call to confirm that appointment. For all patients coming in this summer, you will be receiving a letter that explains the many changes made at our office to keep everyone safe and healthy. Visit our safety info page here for more info. 

Words cannot express how much we have missed all of you. Thank you for being on this journey with us and trusting us to care for your children.

See you soon, friends!