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How Your Diet Could Be Hurting Your Teeth

How Your Diet Could Be Hurting Your Teeth

In 2011 Americans spent nearly $61 billion on weight loss products according to Marketdata Enterprises and the numbers have only grown from there. With diet and weight loss the top new year’s resolution across the board, it is no surprise that the industry has seen significant growth. While sports drinks, juice cleanses, and diet sodas might be helping you lose weight, you have to be careful how they affect your oral health. These diet fads are often highly acidic and can lead to permanent tooth damage.  

How Juice Cleanses Can Hurt Your Teeth

Even though most juice cleanses involve seemingly harmless ingredients, they can actually cause a lot of damage to your teeth.  The simple combination of lemon juice, cayenne pepper, maple syrup, and water actually has a high acid content that will eat away at the enamel of your teeth with prolonged exposure.  

Diet Sodas, Energy and Sports Drinks

Energy drinks have a titratable acidity range of 5.9 to 14.5 and are significantly more damaging than sports drinks which have a titratable acidity range of 2.9 to 4.8. Diet sodas, energy drinks, and sports drinks have high levels of citric acid which will wear down tooth enamel, eventually leading to tooth loss.  

What can you do?

A good rule of thumb is: Everything in moderation. If you drink diet sodas, energy drinks, or sports drinks, try to limit your consumption. The longer your teeth and mouth are exposed to the highly acidic beverages, the more damage they will do to your teeth. To combat possible enamel damage, be sure not to let the liquid combination sit on your teeth. You can improve the situation by rinsing your mouth with water but brushing and flossing is a more effective way to remove the solution from your teeth and keep your oral hygiene at its best. Of course you want to maintain regular dental exams and professional cleaning appointments. The American Dental Association recommends twice yearly visits under normal oral conditions.

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