You’re probably aware of how awful soda is for kids. At more than 10 teaspoons of sugar per glass, soda is basically liquid candy. It’s all right once in a while, say a birthday party or picnic, but if it’s part of your kids’ daily diet you’re going to have dental problems. It will lead to more cavities and perhaps even emergency trips to your family dentist.
While most parents are aware of these facts, many substitute fruit juice instead. The problem is that some fruit juices have nearly as much sugar as soda, especially the concentrated stuff, which can be much more acidic. “Most fruit juices are concentrated, and as a result expose you to a lot more acid than if you were to eat the fruit in its natural form,” Dr. Keith Arbeitman, a Manhattan-based dentist, told Healthline. “Orange juice with a pH of 3.5 isn’t as bad as cranberry, which has a pH of 2.6.”
Juices like tomato or vegetable that are rich in protein are healthier. We’d recommend drinking no more than 4 to 6 ounces a day.
You can always cut the sugar by diluting it with water. When using a concentrated mix, for example, use 4 or 5 containers of water instead of 3 recommended on the box.
Why You Should Drink Milk or Water Instead
Milk not only makes a lower sugar alternative, but it actually works to counteract any sugar in your diet. A recent study published in The Journal of the American Dental Association found that milk lessens the impact of sugar by minimizing acidity.
Water is also great for removing acid from teeth. It also helps remove food debris, bacteria, and sugars that get left behind. Your teeth get even more bonus points if you drink water that has fluoride. Best of all, water has no calories, so it won’t add to your waistline.