What the Juicing Fad is Doing to Your Teeth

image of juicesYou’ve probably seen the commercials or talked with a friend who has gotten on bandwagon and bought a juicer and started juicing. Even if you yourself haven’t done so personally.

A juicer essentially squeezes every ounce of liquid from whatever you put into it. From delicious fruits to healthy vegetables and even herbs. Whether you juice the traditional orange and apple, or if you experiment a bit more and juice kale and other green giants, juicing has become a popular health fad around the world. Some are saying it’s not as healthy as you think.  Dentists agree that juicing can be more damaging than beneficial for your teeth.

Many dentists are reporting an increase in the number of patients with acid erosion. Acid erosion is caused when the acid in soft drinks – and the acid in many fruits – causes softening and loss of protective tooth enamel. Acid erosion can lead to tooth decay, cavities, fillings and problems with molars.

Most people don’t think of juice as being an unhealthy choice for a drink. Not only can lots of juice result in acid erosion, the soaringly high sugar levels are damaging for teeth too! Most people would not eat four oranges in one sitting, but one glass of juice has about that many, and the 22 grams of sugar to go along with it – and all that citric acid too. It’s no wonder that those who consume large amounts of juice may see an increase in acid erosion and tooth decay, loss of tooth enamel, and more dental problems.

The juicing fad just seems to be heating up, and it is said that one juicer was bought every 30 seconds at the end of last year. They are bought by people who are trying to eat healthier, increase intake of vitamins and other nutrients, and rein in unhealthy habits like drinking soft drinks. However, there seems to be some evidence that juicing can lead to weight gain and an increase in Type-2 diabetes, in addition to dental problems.

Health trends and fad diets come and go, and they all affect your teeth, read more about how your diet may be damaging your teeth here. In short, it’s probably not best for your body – and certainly not your teeth – to follow a one-food-only or juice-only diet or to drink large amounts of any sugary, high-acid drinks.