Do Your Teeth Benefit from Juicing, or Is There an Acid Problem You Need to Face?
Posted on 9/20/2018 by Bryan Neu
While fruits and vegetables are excellent for your oral health, you have to be wary of some of their adverse side effects. Yes, some fruits and vegetables can be less than desirable when it comes to the health of your teeth and gums.
Juicing is one of the most popular methods of adding needed nutrients and vitamins to a diet. You pack a whole bunch of good-for-you stuff in a blender, add some fruit juice and voila, you have a super nutritious drink with all the vitamins and minerals you need for the day.
Can Juicing Damage Your Teeth?
The answer to this question is, it depends. If you go to a smoothie store and get one of their supposedly nutritious drinks that are enhanced with processed sugars or artificial sweeteners and a mound of whipped cream, it's is less than healthy for your teeth.
Many of these smoothie shops use store-bought juice, which contains high amounts of harmful acids. In addition to the sugar in the drinks, the acid can weaken the enamel which could result in tooth decay.
So, what can you do to juice safely? The most important thing to remember is that acid is corrosive and damages your teeth. Using less acidic fruits is the way to go. Adding vegetables when you juice, is an excellent way to reduce the negative impact of other acidic produce.
Combining fruits and vegetables when juicing is increasingly popular as you will get a good variety of nutrients in one serving. Spinach is one of the best choices because of the high number of vitamins and minerals it contains, but things like kale, broccoli, cabbage, celery, and carrots can add incredible benefits to juicing.
The best way to reap the benefits of juicing is to do it at home where you can control what goes into your drink. To avoid the damages from acids, go easy on citrus and instead use water if you need to make a runnier drink.