And even as the juice intake went over the suggested daily intake amounts of four to six ounces, instances of cavities or tooth decay didn’t change.
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(PRWEB) December 15, 2014
Main Street Dental Team (http://www.MainStreetDentalTeam.com), Unionville’s first full-time dental clinic, is weighing in on a new study providing evidence on the impact of 100% pure fruit juice on the oral hygiene of children.
Sufficient enough evidence already exists showing a negative link between sugary drinks, such as pop or juice drinks, with the onset of tooth decay. One question that has been looming, however, is whether drinks listed as 100% fruit juice, meaning it is completely natural with no added sugars, have a negative impact on oral care. However, this new study, conducted by the American Dental Association on preschoolers ages two to five, found no link between the consumption of these natural fruit drinks and tooth decay. (Source: Haelle, T., “Pure Juice Won’t Rot Your Kids’ Teeth,” Forbes web site, December 1, 2014; http://ow.ly/FT05F.)
“There just hasn’t been the research put into this perspective for anyone in the dental industry to come up with a definite position,” says Dr. Harvey Schwartz, owner of the Main Street Dental Team. “The release of this new study at the very least provides more insight into a topic that doesn’t have much history of study.”
Previous studies conducted around this question were carried out in specific demographics. This new study was larger and more encompassing of the total population, so theories were that there may be some results that conflicted with previous research.
“What’s interesting about the results of this study is that they were consistent regardless of socioeconomic level,” Dr. Schwartz adds. “And even as the juice intake went over the suggested daily intake amounts of four to six ounces, instances of cavities or tooth decay didn’t change.”
The study provided several theories as to why pure fruit juice did not negatively impact oral hygiene. The most compelling of those arguments suggested that parents who are giving their child 100% fruit juice are more health-conscious, which carries over to how they feed and care for their children.
“We at the Main Street Dental Team always try to give the best advice to promote healthy oral care,” Dr. Schwartz concludes. “We recognize the results of this study, but encourage parents and children to follow other oral care measures, such as regular brushing and flossing, along with a balanced diet that doesn’t include the overconsumption of sugar and, of course, regular visits to a dentist.”
Main Street Dental Team serves residents in and around Unionville. Contact the Main Street Dental Team now to schedule a checkup.