Does Juice Cause Cavities?

Does Juice Cause Cavities?

Sugary drinks and tooth decay is a hot topic — but there’s an elephant in the room, and it’s name is “juice.” Juice is often seen as a healthy drink because it’s made from fruit. However, giving your kids too much juice actually increases their risk of cavities. Here’s a closer look at the link between juice and tooth decay.

Sugary Drinks and Tooth Decay: Why Juice Is a Poor Choice

To understand how juice causes cavities, you first need to understand a little about the tooth decay process itself. Your mouth is home to millions of oral bacteria. These bacteria eat sugar and release acids, and those acids weaken your tooth enamel, leading to cavities. The more sugar you eat, the more fun those oral bacteria have digesting it, and the more cavities you’ll develop.

Soda is the notorious “sugary drink” that we all know to avoid. But juice contains just as much, if not more, sugar than soda. An 8-ounce glass of cola contains about 22 grams of sugar. A glass of orange juice contains 21 grams of sugar! Oral bacteria don’t care whether the sugar comes from fruit juice or soda; they love it all.

The other reason juice is bad for teeth has to do with its pH. Acidic foods and drinks — those with a low pH — weaken your tooth enamel and increase your risk of cavities. Most juices are acidic, which compounds their cavity-causing effects.

Are Some Juices Better Than Others?

Virtually all fruit juices are acidic and sugary, making them a poor choice for dental health. Green vegetable juices made from spinach and kale can be a better choice since they are lower in sugar.  Watch out, though — some commercially prepared green juices are sweetened with apple or carrot juice, which makes them sugary and a poor choice.

Should You Ever Give Your Child Juice?

All things in moderation! You don’t need to ban juice altogether, but don’t offer it on a daily basis. If you do occasionally give your child juice as a treat, offer it with a meal so your child drinks it all at once, rather than letting the sugar bathe their teeth as they sip all day.

What Are Good Alternatives to Juice?

The best alternative to juice is plain water. When your child sips water throughout the day, it helps rinse food particles off their teeth, reducing the risk of cavities. You can also give your child whole milk; it’s a good source of calcium and vitamin D, two nutrients that promote strong, healthy enamel.

Whole, fresh fruits are also a good alternative to fruit juice — especially crunchy fruits like apples and watermelon. The sugar is less concentrated in whole fruit than in fruit juice, and the fiber in fruit also limits contact between the sugar and the tooth enamel.

When thinking of sugary drinks and tooth decay, don’t forget that juice can be just as bad as soda. Save juice for a special treat, and instead give your child snacks and drinks that promote tooth health, like milk and crunchy fruits.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Every year we set aside one special day to celebrate Mothers. The one who helped raise us and showed us right from wrong.  The one who showed us grace when we maybe didn’t deserve it. She knows the right time to give advice and the right time to lend a listening ear.

Shout out to the Moms!

Each year we strive to recognize and appreciate not only our own Mother, but also the Moms who take their children to our office. We do this by hanging a paper flower pot on the wall in the waiting area and our patients get to write what they love about their Moms on flowers.  It’s so fun for us to read some of the sweet things kids say about their Moms and why they love them so much.

Happy Mothers Day to All Moms

We really want to say thank you for all that you do and how much you sacrifice each day.

Thank you for taking your kids to the dentist and brushing their teeth.

Thank you for making breakfast in the morning and supper at night.

Thank you for the morning hugs and bed time stories.

Thank you for taking them to school and picking them up from sports.

But most of all, thank you for being you.


Moms hold a special place in our hearts and we sincerely hope every Mom out there gets spoiled on this special day!

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Port Pediatric Dentistry!

Updated 05/03/19

PJammin® for Kids With Cancer Success!

PJammin® for Kids With Cancer Success!

During the Month of September, Everyone in our office, our wonderful patients, and The American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) wore PJs to raise money for children who are currently battling cancer.

Thank You For Supporting PJammin® for Kids With Cancer.

Why PJ’s?

Because pajamas are what these cancer stricken hospitalized children wear every day. They call it their warrior clothes and on September 12 we’d like to do what we can to be warriors for them. Children with cancer often spend months, even years, living in their pajamas at home or in the hospital as they undergo critical treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.

During this time, they frequently miss school, time with siblings and friends, and other normal childhood activities. Instead, they rely solely on their family and medical team to help them through this difficult time in their lives.

Full details from our PJammin® for Kids With Cancer.

We had 1 day to dress up in pajamas and the rest of the month to raise money. For every child who wore pajamas to their appointment on September 12th we donated $5. For every Facebook picture this day we will donate $3.

Some fun pictures from our pajama day!

Posted by Port Pediatric Dentistry on Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Posted by Port Pediatric Dentistry on Wednesday, September 12, 2018


The results were incredible!

  • 27 people dressed up for their appointments
  • 9 families participated on Facebook
  • $567 Donated in September!

It was a great month for a amazing cause so thank you to everyone who participated to help children who are currently battling cancer.

Pajama day is finished but you can still Donate at – Port Pediatric Pentistry

2018 Olympic Medal Contest Announcement!

2018 Olympic Medal Contest Announcement!

On February 9, the cheering will begin for the USA Olympic team members to a successful Olympic competition.

The excitement builds as the day gets closer to the opening ceremonies and all of our favorite winter sporting events.

The 2018 Winter Olympics will feature 102 events in 15 sports. Four new disciplines in existing sports will be introduced in Pyeongchang, including big air snowboarding, mixed doubles curling, mass start speed skating, and mixed team alpine skiing.

That means there are 102 gold, silver and bronze medals going to the best of the best. USA has 242 athletes representing our wonderful country consisting of men and women from the age of 17 to 36.

“Thank you” to the athletes for the years of dedication to their sports. Three cheers to their families for their support and encouragement and to the coaches, we salute you for the time and effort in training our fine athletes.


Join the contest and follow on Facebook

Please help us celebrate these exciting games by joining us in our Olympic Medal contest. The rules will be posted in the next few days, but be assured that no athletic training is required to play. Continue to follow us on Facebook through the Olympics for our own version of the medal coverage.

Let the games begin.We are celebrating the Olympics with a game of our own.You must be a patient to play, but not…

Posted by Port Pediatric Dentistry on Monday, January 29, 2018

Elf on the Shelf Shenanigans

Elf on the Shelf Shenanigans


Our elf on the shelf Kevin

Every year in December we have a magical little elf that visits our office. He’s tricky and very sneaky but keeps us on our toes. This little guys name is Kevin, also known as Kev.

We love having elf on the shelf in our office. Seeing how excited our patients get when they see him makes us so happy and worth all the effort! Plus it make Christmas that much more magical for kids when they spot one of Santa’s elves (not to mention the good behavior that comes along with said elf keeping an eye on them).

For those of you that don’t know the story of the elf on the shelf let us tell you the shorter version!

The elf is Santa’s special helper and he/she watches the children and their actions during the day and fly’s back to the North Pole every night to report back. Before the child awakes he/she will have returned to a different spot than they were the day before.

The day before Christmas he/she will fly back to the North Pole to stay with Santa for the remainder of year until Christmas comes again. During the elf’s stay there is only one VERY important rule that all children must follow. DO NOT TOUCH THE ELF! He/she will lose their magic and won’t be able to fly back to Santa.

Some elves I’m sure are very well behaved but ours is a bit of a trickster!

Here’s a re-cap of the Shenanigans that Kevin has gotten into this year!


 “Kevin is back!! To make things easier on him this year we have decided to get him his very own door with a key. We think he appreciates the gesture”

 “We’ve been looking around our office all day thinking maybe Kevin made us some s’mores…no such luck. Thanks Kev…”

 “Kevin! Good thing the toothfairy was here to stop you from snooping around in the Christmas gifts, I don’t think Santa would approve…”

 “Kevin…if you stop upsetting the office toys they will stop tying you up!”

 “Looks like Kevin made an igloo out of all that snow we got over the weekend. Very resourceful Kev “

 “Kevin wanted to audition for the Trolls movie but Santa has him too busy tearing up our office this season….we’re so lucky “

 “I can show you the world….” Kev makes such a great Aladdin 

 “Looks like Kevin has decided to suit up and defend the galaxy today!”

 “Kevin and his Minions!!”

  “Looks like Kev was sneaking some goodies under the Christmas tree last night!”

 “Apparently Kevin is exhausted from all of his shenanigans this season and has decided to take a bubble bath….we will miss him but we’re sure he’ll be back next year!”


It’s Christmas!

It’s Christmas!

Celebrating With Family

The Holidays are here and we couldn’t be more excited! It’s that magical time of the year where everything is decorated and dusted with snow, not to mention the carolers, ginger bread house, baking, the list could go on and on! It’s the time of year to reflect and be grateful for all you have and feel all the feelings of the Holidays!

Christmas Parties

Every year around Christmas time we take a break, a break to spend time with our families and recharge for the upcoming year. However, before we go we celebrate one last time as a team for the year! Typically this involves lunch or dinner, secret Santa gift exchanges, and a good time. But one thing that always seems to happen whether we mean to or not is reflecting on the year we had. Some stories have us rolling in laughter, and others can make us really stop and think. It makes us take a step back and realize how grateful we are, grateful for each other, our families, our jobs, patients, parents; this list could also go on and on.

Family Tradition

Everyone’s definition of the Holiday season is unique, but most of us have on thing in common and that’s some sort of tradition we like to uphold. Whether that tradition is a family game, or maybe volunteering somewhere, all traditions are different and special in their own way. Around our office that tradition is a gift that Dr. Port gives us each year, that gift is a new Christmas ornament. They are so special and unique and as the years go by it’s fun to see the collection that remains.

Looking Ahead

After the Holidays are over we all come back to work to start the New Year with new goals and a new outlook. This Holiday season we encourage you to spend some quality time with Friends and Family and experience all the good things this time of the year has to offer!

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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