Baby Juice- Do you use it and do you know the damage it can do?

My dentist told me off a month ago when I told him I was giving my daughter baby juice. Apparently it can decay the baby’s teeth as they are coming through and was advised to only give water in the first year.

Do you use it and have you found it to have damaged your babies teeth?

14 comments

  • James & Hannahs Mummy

    It’s all scare mongering. Everything in moderation. So that means yogurts are bad also because they have sugar. And also fruit has natural sugars which can cause tooth decay. Should we not feed our children fruit? If you was offering it all of the time and letting her sip on it constantly, i can well imagine she would have terrible teeth but from about 9 months old, a tiny amount of juice to mostly water (5% juice 95% water) with her meal can’t hurt. Plus as soon as she has teeth you would be brushing twice a day anyway.

  • mushmarllows

    I do not use "baby juice" because if you read the bottle it is just more expensive adult juice! I make juice at home. And yes, juice is bad for your childs oral health and you should give them a bottle of water after to rinse their mouth and wipe their mouth with a facecloth before bed!

  • Kendra

    So does milk and food and everything else. Anything that sits on the teeth or gums breaks down and causes decay.

  • Angela N

    Looks good here. 9 pretty teeth! Funny a dentist would say that and my baby’s doctor says its fine! =) You should have told that dentist that give you baby coke too…just to see his reaction! LOL

  • Twins+1

    I was feeding them juice until I read about it as well so now we do nothing but milk and water with an occasional sparkling lemon selzer water-not soda, sparkling WATER with no sweeteners at all 😀

    Anyway, I wouldn’t give a kid juice because it’s not healthy, necessary, and not only does it contribute to tooth decay, but also obesity.

  • Katkat - Have a break ---7---

    Yes I used it with my first, no I haven’t with my second because it’s a total rip off.

    The youngest (5 months) has water. My eldest (17 months) has very very diluted squash.

    No, they don’t have any problems with their teeth. My eldest has his brushed morning and night and that keeps them just fine.

    EDIT: Nor is my son obese because he has squash. It’s all scare mongering. Make your own decisions about what is right for your child – as long as you look after their teeth they will be fine.

  • debbie

    What’s wrong with water, why don’t you just stick with that. Babies don’t need juice…

  • Heather Y

    My dentist calls apple juice "cavity juice" and we’ve avoided juice with our kids for the most part. Juice is full of sugar, even "no sugar added" juice. It is in no way a substitute for an actual piece of fruit. I’m not a total no juice nazi or anything, but I would say my kids only have it about 3-4 times per year.

  • #Yummy Mummy#

    Hi there,

    Yes you shouldnt give your child juice in the first year give him water only. But if you do want to give your child juice the best thing to give him is fresh juice give it to him one part juice to 10 parts of water. Thats is what my denist told me to give my son.

    But only give it after a meal as it does not harm there teeth as much.

    Good Luck hunni but i would take your dentist advice xx

  • LaDonna

    I use it with my 7 month old son, but very rarely and I always dilute it down by half. He generally only drinks like an ounce of it at a time as he is still getting used to it. I have never heard of it causing tooth decay but it makes sense if it has acid in it. I give him grape juice only cuz I have heard its not good to give them apple juice just yet since its hard on there body anyways. If you are worried about it then you can always brush her gums with a very small and soft brissle tooth brush after she drinks the juice or else just give her water till her teeth come in. I am a very teeth concious person. I love my teeth and my smile and would never want to ruin it so I would do the same for my child. I am not worried about it at all and I wont stop giving it to him unless I am told otherwise. Its a decision that has to be up to you. Use your best judgement. You should also reasearch it online. I think that once the child is 6 months juice is fine to give them so long as it is diluted.

  • bubbles

    rarely i always give my baby water i would like her to develop the taste for water rather than juice and if i do give her juice i use sugar free

  • Mom to 3 Awesome Kids

    Your dentist is right. With my son, (he is my first) I gave him juice from about 6 months on, and I even put him to bed with it sometimes. ( I know now that is very very bad) When my son was 3, he had to get almost all of his back teeth capped, I think only 2 only needed fillings. Thankfully, since I got it taken care of so early it didn’t damage any of his adult teeth. He is now 10 and hasn’t had a cavity since he had all of his work done. My daughter is 4, and just had to have a few fillings, she never went to bed with juice, just milk a couple of times.

  • Sara C

    Yes, I have used it in the past.

    When Em first started on vegetables, she was very constipated. She would cry and her bottom would bleed when she would finally go. Our pediatrician recommended 1 ounce 100% fruit juice mixed with 3 ounces of water, which I did, and it helped.

    As for the concern about tooth decay, I use a small finger brush and baby gum cleaner every other day to clean her gums. When she has teeth I’ll help her brush her teeth twice a day.

    There are many warnings out there about the harm that comes from formula, juice, vaccinations, etc., but as parents, it is our job to do research and decide what to absorb and what to let pass through. I’ve decided that I’d rather clean her teeth more often than watch her scream and cry as she tried to poop.

  • when I was a baby my mum put ribena in my bottle and when my front teeth grew in they rotted away so I had to get them (well the brown stumps that were my teeth) removed, I was only about 4 so I was gumsy for years afterwards but the days where juice ruins a baby’s teeth are well gone, its just not made that way anymore

    I give my 7 month old baby juice with meals but I dilute it right down, he wouldnt drink water from what ive heard alot of baby’s dont like water,

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