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Fizzy Drinks and Juice
Fizzy drinks can contain large amounts of sugar, which will increase the risk of tooth decay. Fizzy drinks (both those containing sugar and sugar-free or “diet” versions) also contain acids that can erode the outer surface of the tooth.
Even unsweetened juices contain sugars and acids, so although it can contribute towards your 5 A DAY, try to restrict your child to no more than one glass (about 150ml) of fruit juice each day and only at mealtimes.
If your child is thirsty, it’s better to give them water than to encourage a taste for sweet drinks.
Try to avoid giving babies fruit-flavoured “baby juices”, and never give them in feeding bottles. Fruit juice should not be given to babies under six months.
The best drinks for children over one year old are plain still water or plain milk.
Water is the best drink to give at bedtime, but if you do give milk, don’t add anything to it. Chocolate-flavoured drinks and milkshake powder usually contain sugars, which will increase the risk of decay. Dr Daanish Narvel (Dentist)