Juice cleanses are more popular today than ever before. The media is flooded with advertisements for the latest and greatest juicers. Even celebrities seem to be embracing this trend. Although juicing can help you increase your vitamin and mineral intake, it can also hinder your dental health.
Most of the time, the juices used in juice cleanses are packed with sugar, which may lead to tooth decay. The sugar that can be found in fruit is called fructose and known as one of the most common causes of cavities. This is because oral bacteria feeds in it. The oral bacteria paired with the acidity of juices may lead to long-term dental problems.
The high acidity levels in juices may damage your tooth enamel just like soft drinks. It may prevent your saliva from restoring its natural pH in the mouth. In addition, it may expose the dentine layer of your teeth and make your teeth more sensitive.
Here at Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we recommend that patients who start a juice cleanse, follow a few tips to reduce its impact on their teeth. These tips include chewing sugar free gum, using a straw when drinking, and refraining from savoring juice for too long. Also, while you’re on your juice cleanse, don’t forget the importance of brushing and flossing twice a day.
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If you have any further questions related to juice cleanses and how they can be harmful to your teeth, contact our office today at 703-439-1214.