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What Does Drinking Juice Do to Kids Teeth & How to Make Acidic Drinks Less Harmful to Oral Health

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Parents love that their kids drink juice because it’s good for them, and little one’s love juice for its great taste. Most know fruits are brimming with important vitamins and nutrients that your child needs to be healthy. Though this is true, letting your kids drink too much juice could do them a lot more harm than good. Today, we at Smile Reef would like to help your kids protect their precious smile and how excessive fruit juice affects your child’s teeth.

Is Drinking Fruit Juice Healthy?

Just because it derives from a fruit, doesn’t make it healthy. There may be a lot less nutritional value in this tasty beverage than you think. Usually, containing a very small amounts of juice in beverages labeled as mixed juice blends, juice cocktails, juice drinks, or fruit punch. Instead, the added sugars, artificial sweeteners, or high-fructose corn syrup are crafted into these drinks. A lot more sugar than you realize may even be contained beverages that are 100% fruit juice. There is just as much sugar as a glass of soda in a glass of apple, grape, or cranberry juice.

Disadvantages of Drinking Juice

One of the most common chronic childhood illnesses is cavities. Many dentists agree that juice consumption plays a key role, though there are several factors that put children at a higher risk of tooth decay than adults. The top factors that make juice such a troublesome drink includes the following:
Acidic nature: Especially of the citrus variety, fruit are very acidic. Teeth are left weakened, sensitive, and vulnerable to decay as these acids quickly and easily burn through tooth enamel.
Sugar content: The more likely they are to develop cavities, the more sugar your child consumes with juice as you may have guessed.
Serving method: The more these sugars pool around their teeth and gums, promoting tooth decay and gum disease comes with the more frequently your child drinks juice throughout the day.

How Can Kids Drink Juice without Damaging Teeth So Much?

There is no need to panic, when you realize how much sugar is in beverages marketed towards children like juice while it may seem somewhat overwhelming at first. Even some ways to make drinking juice safer for their smile in addition to the plenty of delicious drinks your little one will love are listed below.
1) As recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, be certain children under six are drinking no more than 6 ounces of juice a day, and kids over 6 no more than 12 ounces a day.
2) To lessen its impact, dilute juice with water.
3) With a little honey instead of sugar, make fruit smoothies at home.
4) Especially low-sugar options like almond, soy, rice, 2%, or nonfat milk, drink more milk.
5) Being both healthier and usually contains the beneficial mineral fluoride to help keep your child’s teeth strong, drink more tap water.

Pediatric Dental Care

In addition to regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing, your child needs to combat cavities and tooth decay with regular dental visits. For pediatric dentistry services in Las Vegas, NV and surrounding areas, call Smile Reef and let us assist you.

Pediatric Dentistry for Kids with Special Needs; Common Childhood Dental Problems & More

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Finding a specialized dentist is a must if your child has special needs. With well-trained professionals who take a kid-friendly approach to dentistry, your child will feel more at ease. Unfortunately, kids with special needs face many challenges with their development and oral care is commonly among them. With this in mind, we at Smile Reef would like to discuss dentistry with kids who have special needs today.

What Exactly is a Special Needs Child?

Special needs children are those with chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions according to the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. These kids may require more extensive dental and medical services and are generally have limitations in performing daily activities. In addition to learning and developmental disabilities, some of the conditions we see in our office include cleft lip or palate, neurological disorders, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, hemophilia or other bleeding disorders, heart conditions, autism, vision, and hearing impairments.

Common Childhood Dental Problems in Special Needs Kids

More likely to develop dental problems are children with disabilities or special needs. Oral sensitivity can develop with sensory challenges. Dental gum disease and cavities can be the result of certain high-sugar medications, diet restrictions, and difficulty eating. Some special needs children can have challenges when it comes to communicating you of toothaches or other dental problems in addition to some children may also have trouble brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Due to problems with jaw development, other children have difficulty opening their mouths completely. As special needs dental care is standardized, such as the prevention and treatment of cavities, many of these concerns are addressed. There are several common dental concerns that children and teens with special needs are more at risk for, however, which include the list below.
1) Tooth Decay
2) Grinding the Teeth
3) Bite is Poorly Aligned
4) Gum Tissue Overgrowth
5) Overcrowding
6) Oral Infections
7) Missing or Crooked Teeth
8) Gum Disease
9) Extra Tooth Eruption
10) Dry Mouth
11) Developmental Defects
12) Delays in Tooth Eruption

Why Pediatric Dental Care is Important

Trained in the care of patients with special needs are all pediatric dentists. Pediatric dentists have 2-3 years of specialized training in areas such as child psychology and development and addressing anxiety related to dental visits beyond dental school. We are devoted to helping growing children take care of their oral health from infancy to adolescence. All this includes more than just dental check-ups and cleanings. At Smile Reef, we do everything we can to make your child as comfortable as possible.

Pediatric Dentistry

Our staff understands that a trip to the dentist can cause high anxiety in any child, but especially with kids that have special needs. We do everything we can to help your child feel more at ease and calm during the visit. From checking in to checking out, we help everyone feel calm. Contact Smile Reef today and let us take care of your children in Las Vegas, NV and surrounding areas.