Kids Are Hooked on Sugary Drinks


Kids depend on adults to feed them, clothe them, and teach them how to become grownups as they age and mature. That means we adults need to step up and educate them on healthy diets, exercise routines, oral health habits, and more. Sugary drinks are slipping through the cracks and, more and more, kids are getting hooked on them.




Kids depend on adults to feed them, clothe them, and teach them how to become grownups as they age and mature. That means we adults need to step up and educate them on healthy diets, exercise routines, oral health habits, and more. Sugary drinks are slipping through the cracks and, more and more, kids are getting hooked on them.

That's almost two thirds of all the sales. What’s worse is those companies spent millions of dollars to directly market to children in an effort to encourage kids’ sugary drink consumption.


According to the report:

“One-third of all children’s fruit drinks contained 16 grams or more of sugar per serving — equivalent to 4 teaspoons, which is more than half of the maximum amount of added sugars experts recommend for children per day.” A lead author of the study believes that parents would be surprised to learn that pediatricians, dentists, and other nutrition experts actually advise against giving these beverages to kids.

Brushing and flossing after drinking these sugar-infused beverages is one way to help keep a child’s teeth happy. Another is drinking water, which helps with rinsing debris and other harmful items from the mouth. Unfortunately, many kids aren’t drinking water at all throughout the day.


What Researchers have found:

About “20 percent of children reported drinking no water throughout the day. And they consumed almost twice as many calories, on average, as kids who did drink some water.” This lack of hydration leads more calories taken in, and an increased risk for serious oral and overall health issues.

HOW CAN WE PREVENT KIDS’ SUGARY DRINK CONSUMPTION?

First, treat sweetened drinks as what they are: treats. Don’t enable kids’ sugary drink consumption by allowing them anytime, anywhere. Use them as rewards or a special treat for certain special occasions. Eliminating a dependence on them early will help them to establish healthy in life.

Second, prioritize water. We all need lots of water to survive, so make sure your child is getting enough throughout the day. Not only is water necessary, but it’s good for you and your teeth.


Third, pay attention to labels. Many products are misleading, whether by design or not, so it’s always good to look at what is actually in a beverage before buying it. According to the Children’s Drink FACTS 2019 report.

  • Sugar-sweetened children’s fruit drinks typically contained just 5 percent juice or less.
  • 80% of those packages included images of fruit.
  • 60% claimed to have “less” or “low” sugar or “no high fructose corn syrup.

Fourth, educate your children on why it’s important to know what you’re consuming. As they grow and mature, they’ll carry their good or bad habits with them.


Bringing up the subject of kids' sugary drink consumption at your next appointment isn’t a bad idea. Keep your dentist informed on your child’s sugar intake and solicit ideas for alternatives or ways to change habits, will always be beneficial.


Your health and comfort are our priority, Dr. Guerra and his staff are here for you. Let us help you maintain a cavity and pain-free smile! Call us to schedule an appointment at our North Palm Beach office: 561-844-6146.

Tips to help reduce your risk for developing a toothache

  • Brush at least twice a day, preferably after meals and snacks.
  • Floss at least once a day to prevent gum disease.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for oral examinations and a professional cleaning.

It’s never fun to deal with tooth pain no matter what the intensity level. Dr. Adrian Guerra knows how uncomfortable and irritating any tooth pain can be. For intense tooth pain, please call our office in North Palm Beach today at 561-844-6146. We’d like to talk to you and figure out a solution together.