Fruit juice and smoothies 'could affect a child's oral health'

12 March 2012

New health research has suggested that feeding children their daily five-a-day diet could be more damaging than beneficial.

According to Kathy Harley, dean of the dental faculty at the Royal College of Surgeons, some food and drink associated with a healthy diet may be affecting the growth of a child's teeth.

For instance, the Daily Mail reports that large amounts of fruit juice or smoothies filled with fruit in their mixture could be leading to long-term damage to a youngster.

Ms Harley acknowledged that research has already been carried out which suggests that half of children aged five years old have signs of wear to their tooth enamel.

In order to stem this problem, the expert advised schools to offer milk or water to kids instead of fruit juice.

Damien Walmsley, an adviser to the British Dental Association, also recommended to health-conscious parents that "if you are having fruit, keep it to meal times".

Recent research in Japan has also revealed that following a diet filled with vitamin E could have a knock-on effect on the health of people's bones.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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