Juicing is a popular trend for those trying to lose weight, get more nutrients in their diet, or looking for an easy way to have a “meal" on the go. In fact, many people juice as a meal replacement or supplement.
Instead of eating lunch, they drink what they believe is a healthy mixture of fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, juicing does have a dark side—it's not that healthy for your teeth.
Many Juices are High in Acid
One of the biggest issues with juicing is that the result is highly acidic. Even though the individual fruits that you put into your juice may not be that acidic, when they're combined, the final drink is. When that acid hits your teeth, it can actually damage the enamel on them.
This is why we recommend that you always drink, your juices (and ideally any sugary drink) with a straw. This way, you'll shoot the sugars and acids over your teeth. It still isn't a great idea to introduce those acids and sugars to your body, but this does at least spare your teeth.
They Can Stain Your Teeth
Another issue with juices is that they can stain your teeth. Juices that contain a large amount of vegetable juices also contain a lot of chlorophyll. This can stain the teeth just as badly as coffee, tea, or soda can. Again, using a straw can help you avoid this.
The Benefits of Juicing
Creating the right juices can certainly help your body. They do contain a large amount of vitamins and minerals that you need, and many of those nutrients do strengthen your teeth and help your body fight off infections. Just remember that juicing can damage your teeth, so you want to be careful you don't over-indulge. If you don't drink through a straw, keep water on hand so you can wash the acids and sugars off your teeth after you finish your juice.
Also make it a point to always come see us every six months for a check-up. We'll give your teeth a good cleaning and look for signs that your juice is doing too much damage.
A better kind of dental practice for your entire family.