Warning: Put the glass of juice down!

 

 

Many of our patients, when educated about the amount of sugar and acid in the soda they’re consuming, have returned at their 6 month re-care appointment to proudly proclaim they have made the healthy switch from soda to fruit juice drinks.

We then have the unfortunate task of informing them that fruit juice is equally (and sometimes more so) packed with sugar and acid which damages teeth, causes cavities and can lead to weight gain.

Our patients often search for an alternative to water that won’t create decay, and in a short time realize that virtually any bottled drink, besides water, is damaging to teeth.  One patient recently told us she had switched to a sugar-free lemon drink, thinking that would be better for her teeth, but as we looked at the label together, realized there were four acids added to the mixture which will dissolve enamel, filling and crown edges, and create white spots on the teeth.

So together with the sugar, there’s the acid which is measured on the ph scale, that can damage teeth and dental work.  Reference this handy chart provided by the Minnesota Dental Association to see how your favorite drink stacks up on the ph scale (remember those little yellow papers in science class and watching the color turn after dipping it in a liquid?  That’s how we test ph).

Enjoy these two videos produced by the Wisconsin Dental Association trying to address the fact that juice is as “bad” as soda.  Water anyone?