Fizzy drinks, squashes and juice drinks can be high in sugar and may be acidic which erodes the outer surface of teeth. Flavoured water can be high in sugar, as can sport and energy drinks. Some of these types of drinks may contain caffeine, which is not recommended for children.
Avoid giving sugary drinks in between meals, to help protect children’s teeth. If children do consume these drinks try to keep them to mealtimes.
Limit fruit juice and/or smoothies to no more than 150ml per day.
Keep milk drinks with added sugar as occasional treats, including milkshakes, hot chocolate, malt drinks or condensed milk.
It is advised not to give children drinks containing caffeine, such as tea, coffee and some soft drinks. Look for decaffeinated varieties instead.
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