Fresh juices allow you to fill your body with all kinds of essential vitamins and nutrients. So, it can't be bad, right? Unfortunately, juicing does have a downside. If you are not careful, the habit can be detrimental to your teeth.
Your Teeth and Juice
When you juice, you concentrate sugars. And, most juices are highly acidic. Both of these factors spell disaster for your teeth. Acids destroy teeth. And sugars provide food for oral bacteria, which then produce more acids.
But just because it's bad for your teeth, that doesn't mean you need to quit your new favorite healthy habit. You just need to exercise caution and use some strategy.
It might seem counterintuitive, but brushing before you drink your juice can actually help to prevent damage. Brushing removes the plaque that would otherwise cause sugars and acids to stick, as well as reducing the number of bacteria in your mouth. Instead of brushing after juicing, drink a glass of water.
Choose Ingredients Wisely
If you pick your juice's ingredients thoughtfully, you can reduce the amount of acid and sugars present. For instance, if you go for strict fruit juices (such as a mixture of apple and orange), the acid and sugar contents will be quite high.
However, if you add vegetables, such as cucumbers, celery and/or dark, leafy greens, you can lower both the acidity and the sugar, and still get many wonderful health benefits.
Even adding a small amount of coconut oil can aid in the health of your teeth by adding some antibacterial properties, among other benefits. Or, if you want to keep the coconut oil out of your drink, you can try oil-pulling to remove toxins.
Drink with a Straw
When you use a straw, you suck your juice into your mouth behind your teeth, reducing contact between the two. This helps not only to keep the sugars and acids away, but also helps to prevent stains if you add dark berries or beets to your drinks.
The benefits of juicing are numerous, but you don't want to put the health of your teeth at risk. Fortunately, so long as you are careful, and put thought into your daily juicing routine, you can enjoy the benefits and protect your teeth, allowing you to keep your whole body healthy!
Please contact our office if you have any questions about juices effects on your oral health.