Packaged fruit juices are highly popular today- especially as a range of ‘all natural’, ‘preservative free’ are available through all the super markets. However, doctors say that juice is unnecessary for children under 1. Even when the juice has no added sugar, the higher concentration of natural sugars in fruit can cause tooth decay which is today the most common chronic disease to affect young children. Giving your infant fruit juice might seem like a healthy option, but its not good for children’s health.
Sugar affects many different parts of the body just like tobacco or alcohol. When it comes to oral health, sugar provides ideal breeding conditions for harmful bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum diseases. Consequentially, it is one of the biggest causes of tooth loss in children and adults.
There has been extensive research and also articles by practicing dentists that indicate the harmful effects of excessive sugar in your diet. These effects are seen not only in your mouth, but also other parts of your body. Actually, there is increasing research which establishes that your body is an interconnected system and thus the health of one part — oral health, for example — can directly impact other areas, such as the cardiovascular system.