LONDON:

Children who drink fruit juices regularly should go for dental check-ups often because juices could damage their teeth, a British dentist has said.

Organic juices that combine sugar and fruit are the worst culprits in teeth erosion. Dental erosion caused by acidic fruit juices and squashes affects the whole surface of a tooth, the researcher said. Daily exposure can cause a progressive loss of enamel - the outer layer of the exposed tooth - with the effect that the teeth shrink and crumble at the biting edge, reported the online edition of BBC News. Even diet drinks that have no sugar are very acidic and can dissolve tooth enamel.

“While mothers and fathers think they are doing the best by their children by giving them healthier drinks, the acid in these drinks are wearing away the enamel,” Philip Stemmer, a dentist, said.

Stemmer said parents should restrict children to one glass of fruit juice or full-sugar cordial a day. He advised parents to try and combine acidic drinks with meal times and give the child a straw to drink soft drinks through. Parents should also supervise teeth brushing to ensure

it is thorough and use toothpaste that contains fluoride. One should wait for at least 30 minutes

after drinking sugary or acidic drinks to brush because the teeth will have been softened by the sugar and one might brush away the tooth itself.