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The Truth About Sugar in Your Child's Favorite Drinks

September 30, 2018
Posted By: Dr. Jonathan Nelson
Child Smiling | Dentist in Missoula MT

As a parent, you always want to best for your child, and that includes a healthy, nutritious, and well-balanced diet. With so many products on the market claiming to be healthy, how can you know which to choose? Today, your top dentist in Missoula is going to focus on the beverages children often enjoy, and explain why they might be harmful to your child's oral health.


We think of milk as a healthy beverage that benefits our child's growth and well being. For the most part this is true; however, it's important to understand that milk does contain sugar, and this is why it is not recommended to let your child have a bottle of milk at bedtime. The milk from the bottle will sit on your little one's teeth and cause tooth decay, which can be challenging to manage for your child at such a young age and could affect their oral development.

Fruit Juice

Since juices are marketed as healthy drinks, it can often be a shock to parents to learn that they are loaded with sugar. Citrus juices like lemonade or orange juice present a double whammy for your child's teeth since they are not only high in sugars but also acid, which causes enamel erosion and tooth decay.

The Best Choice

When choosing the beverages your child should drink, water is indeed your best bet. Water protects your child's oral health, while also keeping them hydrated.

Do You Have Questions?

If you have questions about your child's oral health, Dr. Nelson is happy to help. We welcome children to our practice, and our goal is to build a relationship with them that creates positive feelings so they look forward to fun and upbeat dental visits in the future. Contact Nelson Dentistry today to learn more and schedule your child's next appointment. 

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