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Five-a-day could damage children's teeth

12th March 2012

Dentists have issued a warning over children being encouraged to drink large amounts of fruit juice as part of their “five-a-day” intake.

Dentist Chair

They are concerned that drinks full of fruit, or smoothies, could be causing damage to the teeth of children.

The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has warned that half of five-year-olds had signs of wear to their tooth enamel.

RCS dean of dental faculty Kathy Harley has called on schools to offer milk or water to pupils during breaks instead of fruit juice because its high acid content is leading to dental erosion with the acid attacking the surface of children’s teeth.

She said parents should give their children fruit juice as a treat once a week while the NHS recommends only one 150ml glass of fruit juice per day, which counts as one of the recommended five daily portions of fruit and vegetables.

In recent years, dentists have become increasingly concerned over the growth of dental erosion as a problem caused by acidic drinks.

Research published last year by King’s College London Dental Institute, based on a study of 1,000 people aged between 18 and 30, suggested eating an apple could be worse for teeth than drinking a fizzy drink because of the acid it contains.

British Dental Association adviser Damien Walmsley suggests keeping fruit to meal times rather than constantly snacking on it.

However, the Department of Health said it had no plans to remove fruit juice from the five-a-day regime as it contained nutrients, including vitamins.


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