Fruit Juice and Teeth

You’ve probably heard that for a healthy mouth, you should avoid fruit juices. Full of concentrated sugars and acids, fruit juices can be a terrible blend for your tooth health, weakening enamel and eroding cavities. That said, fruit juices are also high in vitamin C and citric acid – without which you can develop diseases like Scurvy and Rickets. Some fruit juices are even fortified with calcium now, a critical element for healthy teeth and bones. The answer is clearly not “drink no juice” – but rather, make good decisions about what juices you’re drinking and when.

Juice Acid TeethFor Healthy Teeth – Don’t suck a Lemon

According to Health.com and a study in General Dentistry, lemon and grapefruit juices were the most acidic and most likely to cause rapid enamel loss and decay in pulled teeth soaked in the juices. That means limit the lemonade and be careful with your morning grapefruit rituals. The occasional indulgence is alright.

Surprisingly, you’re much more alright to go with your longtime favorite – orange juice. Lower in acids than most fruit juices, orange juice also often comes fortified with Calcium and Vitamin D, both of which are great for teeth. It’s still got acids and sugars though, so keep conscious of your intake and remember to brush afterward.

Don’t go in Swimming for an Hour – or Brushing for 30 Minutes

So you’ve enjoyed a tall, refreshing glass of juice or lemonade – that’s no sin. There are worse choices. But don’t panic and run off to brush – you could be permanently damaging your fragile tooth enamel. According to lifehacker – it takes about 30 minutes after brushing for your enamel to re-harden and reach a consistency that’s sure to stand up to your Colgate. IF your mouth is feeling gross, you can also swish with an alkaline solution, such as baking soda/water mix, to even out your mouth PH and brush within a few minutes. Alkalines kill bacteria as well as acids, so you have the advantage of preempting your halitosis, too.

Drink your Drink – but do it Quickly

One mistake many people make when drinking an acidic beverage is to sip slowly. Leaving these acids and sugars up against the teeth just promotes damage. Consider using a straw (to save the front teeth) and don’t be afraid to suck it down.