Natural Juices and Soft Drinks

The popularity of natural drinks comes from their high concentrations of vitamins and minerals, which are both essential to metabolism; due to this high demand, various companies have developed innumerable products, which come advertised as a healthy way of dealing with your body’s needs. Up to a point, this is correct, but what they fail to tell you is that the added sugar in such beverages, along with the presence of fructose, has a strong impact on teeth.

Children are more prone to develop cavities as a result of drinking natural juice on a daily basis, so correct oral care should be provided to reduce the both the impact of the sugar on teeth and the quantity of acid in the mouth cavity.

Consuming natural drinks responsibly

First of all, there’s a major difference between purely natural juices (juices obtained from squeezed fruits) and juices resulted from a combination of fruit puree, water, and sugar. Apart from rare cases, the concentration of fructose in natural juices is lower than that of regular soft drinks. As a result, the former is safer for your teeth and adds more value to your nutritional chart.

The second step you can take to reduce the effects of these beverages on your teeth whilst consuming them is by using a mouth rinse after drinking them. Sugar (either from fructose or from regular sweeteners) becomes acid in the mouth, which increases the chances of local bacterial infections. Tap water or carbonated mineral water will do the trick, by minimizing the acid levels in the mouth.

Acids in drinks and how to avoid them

Most of these beverages contain acids (with the citric acid being the one with the largest incidence) that occur naturally and directly affect the outside structure of the teeth. So it’s not just the sugar which influences your teeth wellbeing, it’s also this class of substances. Here’s what you can do further to reduce their impact even more, while still being able to enjoy such beverages:

  • Drink them while you eat; mixing them with food will reduce their effects on the teeth.
  • Use straws; this will lead the juice beyond the teeth, bypassing them and minimizing contact.
  • Instead of sipping your natural juice for an hour, try to drink it a bit faster.

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