Is Juicing Yellowing Your Smile?

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Everyone has been jumping on the juicing bandwagon lately but, while juicing diets and cleanses may offer a bevy of benefits for your overall health, those highly pigmented fruits and veggies may not have the same effect on your teeth and gums. Atlanta cosmetic dentist Ronald Goldstein, DDS, explains, “Some ingredients can stain more than others, depending on the color. For instance, blueberries or blackberries crushed up can certainly stain more than lemon or melons do. Most vegetables are not a problem. The main offenders are lower pH ingredients like apples, apricots, blueberries, cherries, mangoes, oranges, grapes, grapefruits, limes, peaches, pineapples, plums, prunes, raspberries and tangerines. People can measure the pH of the juice and if it is more acidic, then there is a greater risk for enamel erosion over a period of time, which can also lead to more staining when the dentin of the teeth becomes exposed.”

So, does this mean you should ditch your juices to save your smile? Not necessarily. Dr. Goldstein offers these tips to maintain your smile:

•    Use a toothpaste such as Supersmile Professional Whitening Toothpaste, which has anti-staining benefits
•    Drink the juices through a straw
•    Try to use more vegetables than fruits
•    Maintain a regular schedule of professional cleanings
•    Consider porcelain veneers because porcelain won’t stain as much as enamel

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