Despite being slated as healthy, many fruit juices actually rot the teeth of toddlers, with at least 1,200 under-twos having had teeth removed in Britain in 2014.
Dentists and other medical professionals are now trying to discourage parents from filling their kid’s bottles with fruit juice, a much-preferred beverage option by many toddlers.
Most of the 1,200 kids who had their teeth removed needed to have the operation done under general anaesthetic, raising other health issue questions.
One hundred and thirty four toddlers under 1-year-old also needed to have their milk teeth removed, even though they may have only just emerged a few months before.
According to statistics published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, in 2014, there were 45,259 admissions for under-18s for tooth decay, which equates to roughly 870 per week.
Those numbers are way up on 2010, as dentists blame sugar-packed diets as well as apathy when it comes to frequent check-ups
A scientific adviser at the British Dental Association, Professor Damien Walmsley, explained to the reporters.
“Regardless of age, frequent consumption of sugary foods and drinks outside mealtimes is the leading cause of tooth decay. Although tooth decay is largely preventable, the risk of disease increases the more teeth come into contact with sugary foods and drinks. We see tooth decay in children as young as two from giving them too many sugary drinks and foods. But most damaging of all is allowing them to sip on sugared drinks in bottles throughout the night. Tooth decay – often involving several teeth – is the main reason why youngsters are admitted to hospital to have a general anaesthetic.”
While most people think juice is healthy, just one glass of apple juice, for example, contains seven teaspoons of sugar, which is the equivalent to a can of coke.
Just last week, the World Health Organisation said that it’s not advisable for anyone to eat more than six teaspoons of sugar per day, to prevent tooth decay and obesity.
As Dr. Ewa Rozwadowska, spokesman for the British Dental Health Foundation, said, “Children are snacking more and these foods contain hidden sugar. People aren’t always aware that fruit juice can cause just as much tooth decay as fizzy drinks. Parents are not taking their children to a dentist as early as they used to – they need to be taking them from birth.”