Many people believe that fruit juice is a healthy beverage option, and in some ways, this logic makes sense. Juice comes from fruit, which is healthy, but it is also highly concentrated in acid and sugar. These substances can damage your teeth, especially the enamel.
What Does Fruit Juice Do to the Teeth?
Fruit juice is a major problem when it comes to acid erosion of the enamel. A recent study published in the Journal of Dentistry indicated that orange juice can decrease hardness of the enamel by 84%. The acidity of orange, grapefruit, and lemon juice can all strip away the enamel over time.
Most fruit juices are highly concentrated, and consequently, you'll expose your teeth to a lot more acid than you would to just eat the fruit in its natural form. Fruit juices with lower pH can do the most damage. For example, orange juice has a pH of 3.5, and as previously noted, it can be especially harmful to the enamel. However, cranberry juice is even worse, as it has a pH of only 2.6.
How Can You Protect Your Teeth from Fruit Juice?
If you feel that you can't live without fruit juice, there are ways that you can keep your teeth safe. First, when serving juice to your children or enjoying a glass yourself, dilute the liquid with about 50% water.
This way, you'll reduce the acid content and can still enjoy the flavor of the juice. After you drink, rinse your mouth out with water. Don't brush immediately, as your teeth may be vulnerable to damage due to the acid attack. Wait at least 30 minutes before you brush.
Reducing the amount of fruit juice in your diet can make a world of difference when it comes to the health of your enamel. Call us today to learn more.
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