There is no denying the health benefits of freshly squeezed or cold-pressed juices – they are a great way to get a large amount of nutrients in your body, and they are yum! But could your juicing habit be hurting your teeth?
The outermost cover of our teeth is called the enamel, which is made up mostly of minerals. This layer plays an important role in protecting our teeth from decay. But it is prone to erosion or thinning due to bad dental care habits like aggressive brushing or poor hygiene. The enamel is not made of living cells, therefore once destroyed it cannot regenerate. An eroded enamel can cause painful teeth sensitivity as well as decay.
Certain foods we eat are particularly bad for the enamel. Acidic foods like juices are among the most harmful. When you drink juice, it coats your teeth, and the bacteria in your mouth process it to produce lactic acid – which is very damaging to the enamel. Over time it slowly erodes the enamel, thinning the protective layer of your teeth and exposing the sensitive inner layers.
Do you start your day with a cup of hot water and fresh lime juice? It is a widely shared health trend, said to benefit digestive health and also aid in weight loss. But it is terrible for your teeth! It is especially bad if you have it first thing when you wake up, even before brushing your teeth. Here’s what happens – the acids in your drink loosen your enamel. Then when you brush your teeth shortly after, you are essentially scrubbing away the enamel!
But there are ways to manage the negative dental effects while still enjoying your healthy juice habits. For one thing, you should try to consume juices through a straw (to minimise exposure to your teeth), and rinse your mouth with water afterwards. With the morning hot lime water ritual, either consume the drink after brushing, or wait at least half hour before brushing your teeth.
If you have concerns about the condition of your enamel, or want to get a quick check up on cavities, drop by our clinic for a consultation.