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Is Juice Good or Bad for Your Teeth?

Posted on 8/24/2020 by Office
Is Juice Good or Bad for Your Teeth?Our patients at Reich Dental Center often wonder if orange juice or grapefruit juice can hurt their enamel. The following information will answer your questions about drinking juice-type beverages.

Drinking Juice – When It Is Good to Drink and When It Is Bad

Natural fruit juices, such as citrus drinks like lemon juice, orange juice, or grapefruit juice, are good for your health but not so good for the teeth. Because these juices are acidic, they can degrade the tooth enamel fast. According to researchers, orange juice alone can reduce enamel hardness by about 85%. Therefore, you can consume the juice, but drink it instead of sip it. That way, you will limit its exposure inside your mouth. Because citrus juices and other fruit juices are filled with antioxidants and vitamins, they are good for your health. You just need to know how to drink them. Choose a juice that has been fortified with calcium to give you an added barrier of protection.

Juices with Sugar

While drinking natural juices with no added sugar can benefit you, if drank at once, you should avoid any juices that contain sugar. In fact, some of these juices can be more destructive than drinking cola. The acid levels are particularly high in citrus and cranberry juices. Therefore, stick to a fruit juice with no added sugar (or high fructose corn syrup) and you can drink it guilt-free. Just limit your consumption to one glass. Instead of drinking the juice, it is better to eat the fruit, as the juice more easily adheres to the enamel of the teeth.

If you must drink juice, especially one that is more acidic, water it down to dilute it and drink it with a straw. Limit yourself to one small glass to play it extra safe.

To support better dental health, give Reich Dental Center a call at 770-435-5450 and schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning and exam. Watch what you drink and eat so you can have a healthier smile and cavity-free teeth.

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