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Juicing is an extremely popular way to boost your fruit and vegetable intake. Once looked at as just a health “craze”, juicing has hung around due to its immense health benefits.
These health benefits include:
- weight loss
- more energy
- supported brain health
- healthier immune-system
- clearer skin
- better digestion
Since juicing basically allows you to flood your body with an immense amount of nutrients, the health benefits of juicing are really endless.
Not only does an increased consumption of fruits and vegetables boost your immune system and energy levels, the antioxidants and enzymes also help to fight inflammation and diseases related to it such as arthritis and even cancer.
But does juicing have any down sides? Unfortunately if not done correctly, it can. We mentioned juicing in our cavity killers and causes infographic here, but let’s take it one step further and look at the direct effect juicing has on your oral health.
Juicing and Your Teeth
One of the worries about fresh juices is the acidic nature of the juices.
We all know the damage that acid can have on teeth and gums, which is why dentists recommend limiting the consumption of sodas, sports drinks, and fruit juices.
Fresh juices may contain some acid content, but they contain nowhere near the same amount of acid as commercial fruit juices such as orange juice, which makes fresh juices a far better option.
As long as the fresh juices you are drinking are a combination of vegetables and fruits, with preferably more vegetable content than fruit, than the acid content should be low enough to not cause any dental issues.
The more greens you add to your juice and less acidic fruits such as citrus will also help to prevent dental damage.
In fact, greens are highly beneficial to tooth health due to the incredible amount of vitamins and minerals they contain.
Leafy greens will only help to strengthen your teeth, so be sure that they make up the bulk of your juices.
How to Protect Your Teeth From Potential Juicing Damage
Juicing is an incredibly healthy habit. With so many individuals struggling to eat enough fruits and vegetables during the day, juicing provides a way for these people to do that in one drink.
There is potential for this healthy habit to harm your teeth however, so we've rounded up a few tips to help you keep your healthy juicing habit as well as build strong teeth!
1. Brush Your Teeth Before Your Juice, Not Directly After!
Most people think that brushing their teeth after drinking an acidic juice will prevent any tooth damage, but the opposite is in fact true.
While brushing after a cup of coffee may be beneficial to fighting tooth stains and bad coffee-breath, the same can't be said of juicing.
In fact, brushing directly after consuming a juice will only further any tooth or enamel damage due to acid. Instead, drink a glass of fresh water after your juice and rinse your mouth out with it.
2. Use a Straw
One of the best ways to avoid any acidic juice affecting your teeth is to sip your juice through a straw.
This ensures that the juice spends the least amount of time in your mouth and around your teeth and instead sends the juice straight down your throat.
3. Pay Attention to Ingredients
Simply put – juices that contain more fruits than vegetables will lead to more tooth damage than the latter juice will.
This is due to the amount of natural sugars in fruit as well as the acidic content of some of them. Don't worry though, this doesn't mean you have to stick to wheatgrass shots!
Simply keep the ratio of vegetables to fruit balanced or slightly more to the vegetable side. You can also try varying the juices you drink daily, with some being more vegetable based and some being more fruit based.
4. Try Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is believed to reduce plaque and gingivitis.
Though more studies still need to be conducted on the process of oil pulling, those who have tried it have seen terrific results on their next dentist visit. So how do you do it?
Simply swish around a tablespoon or so of coconut oil in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes before spitting the oil (and pulled toxins!) out into the trash. Do not spit oil into any sink – coconut oil hardens and can clog your drain!
If 15 to 20 minutes seems like too daunting of a task to take on, simply pull for as long as you can. People have found success with as little as five minutes of oil pulling a day!
Juicing is a healthy habit that can possibly have negative consequences to your dental health, however there is no need to ditch your juices completely.
As long as you are consuming primarily vegetables juices along with a healthy whole foods diet and proper dental regimen, the potential damage from juicing is extremely low.