New study: Pure fruit juice does not promote caries in infant teeth
BALTIMORE, USA: It is widely believed that unrestricted consumption of acidic beverages, such as juices and soft drinks, can cause dental caries, one of the most common chronic diseases in children. However, a new study conducted by dental researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, has suggested that consumption of 100 percent fruit juice is not associated with early childhood caries in preschool-age children.
Using data from the 1999–2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey for 2,290 children aged 2–5, the researchers found no link between intake of 100 percent fruit juice and early childhood caries. They thus recommended that limiting consumption to 4–6 oz per day among children aged 1–5 should be taught as part of general health education.
"Our findings are consistent with those of other studies. Dental practitioners should educate their patients and communities about the low risk of developing caries associated with consumption of 100 percent fruit juice," the researchers concluded.
The study, titled "Early Childhood Caries and Intake of 100 Percent Fruit Juice: Data from NHANES, 1999–2004," was published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.