All juices are not created equal!

The first Sunday in May (May 1st this year) is officially noted as Lemonade Day. May 4th is National Orange Juice Day. And May 6th is National Beverage Day. So there’s emphasis this week on what we’re drinking, and here’s what I’m thinking.

There are definitive PROS and CONS to drinking lemonade and orange juice when it comes to your beautiful, healthy teeth and gums. And let’s keep in mind the healthy, well-being and longevity of our teeth on National Beverage Day, and every day! Here are some facts to keep in mind.

The lemon is a beautiful, fragrant fruit that produces vitamin-rich and flavorful juice for drinks, food and even medicine. It’s full of Vitamin C, antioxidants and bioflavonoids, and used holistically to treat some medical conditions. A lemon tree is synonymous with sunshine and pastoral beauty. All positive images. But consuming a lot of lemons, or lemonade isn’t tooth friendly!

According to dentists world-wide, and recently noted by Livestrong.com (official partner of the Livestrong Foundation), “Consuming too many acidic foods or beverages, such as many glasses of lemon water (lemonade with added sugar) per day, causes teeth to have a constant amount of acid washing over them. This will erode tooth enamel and make your teeth extra sensitive to hot or cold foods. To protect your teeth, drink acidic beverages through a straw. If you’re already experiencing tooth erosion, consult a dentist who can recommend treatments such as bonding or sealers.”

Lemon juice may irritate the gums and soften or erode tooth enamel. Signs of tooth enamel erosion might include: Discoloration, where the teeth may have a yellow tint because the inside of the tooth, dentin, is showing through; transparent edges; and/or sensitivity, where the dentin is exposed to the tooth’s nerve.

Keep in mind that orange juice is another beverage that may cause tooth erosion and dental problems, can contribute to enamel erosion and make your teeth and gums more sensitive. Orange juice is delicious and has healthy Vitamin C and antioxidants in it, but it’s also full of sugar. Another enemy of healthy teeth!

We all love our juices in the morning or mixed with other beverages, but be aware of your overall consumption of not just lemon and orange juice, but also apple and grapefruit juice. If you drink and enjoy these juices, try to use a straw, drink plenty of water afterwards to wash away the acid on your teeth and gums, and brush with a fluoride toothpaste to protect your teeth and reduce sensitivity.

Bottoms up!

 

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