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Are Fruit Juices Better For My Teeth Than Soda?

If you’ve been following the latest health trends, then you’ve undoubtedly heard that fruit juice is in. Health gurus claim that it’s an easy way to get essential vitamins and other nutrients. But your dentist may not be quite so enthusiastic about fruit juice. So is fruit juice actually better for your teeth than soda? And just how much harm can a morning glass of OJ actually do? Here’s what you need to know.

The Dental War on Soda: How Soft Drinks Destroy Your Teeth

It’s no secret that soft drinks, with their high sugar count, are a major contributor to tooth decay. But the sugar in soda isn’t the only issue here. Certain acids found in sodas can erode your teeth. Your saliva is considered a fairly pH neutral compound – it sits at 6.5 on the pH scale, making it slightly more acidic than water, but not acidic enough to do any harm. Studies have shown that dental decay starts when the environment around your teeth falls to a pH of 5.5, which is considered mildly acidic. On the pH scale, the difference between any two numbers is ten times – so that means a drink with a pH of 4 is 10 times more acidic than a drink with a pH of 5, and 100 times more acidic than a drink with a pH of 6. Most sodas tend to have a pH between 2 and 2.5, while black coffee has a pH of 5. That means soda is about 1000 times more acidic than coffee is.

Fruit Juice Isn’t Any Better…

Most patients tend to believe that fruit juice is healthier than soda, but when it comes to your dental health, the facts say otherwise. Juices like grapefruit juice and tomato juice have about the same pH as most sodas – in the range of 2.5 to 3.5 (so about 100 times more acidic than coffee), which is considered moderately acidic. There are also multiple kinds of acids that can erode your teeth, and the worst offender – citric acid – is one that is quite common in fruit juice. Worse yet, fruit juice is essentially devoid of nutrients when compared to whole fruits – and the sugar in soft drinks that promotes decay is the same sugar that is found in fruit juices. A single 12-ounce serving of apple juice has 9.8 teaspoons of sugar, while the same sized serving of Coca Cola has 10 teaspoons. Are fruit juices better for your teeth than soda? Evidently not.

Still Thirsty? Try These Tooth-Friendly Drinks

The absolute safest drink for your teeth is plain water, as it is pH neutral. But don’t feel like you have to restrict yourself to just water if you want to have healthy teeth. Soy milk has a pH of 7, making it a neutral drink – just like water. Cow’s milk has a pH of 6.8, making it slightly acidic, but studies (like one published in the Journal of the American Dental Association) have found that it is very effective at neutralizing other, stronger acids – plus, milk is rich in calcium and Vitamin D, which are essential to good dental health. Unsweetened black or green tea is another great drink for your teeth, although too much tea can cause staining.

Fruit juices were once thought of as healthy, but the research now shows that they’re actually just as bad for your teeth as soda – if not worse. That’s why you’ll want to exercise moderation when drinking fruit juices, and if possible, try to drink milk instead. A Tucson dentist can help you to create a dental nutrition plan that meets your needs. Call Badie Dental at (520) 325-3022 to book a consultation with Dr. Badie and learn more.

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I am extremely petrified of dentists. Dr Badie was so patient with me, even when I was being a very hard patient. He gave me something to help with my anxiety. I had 8 teeth pulled at once. No pain whatsoever. Even the next day. No swelling, no pain. Even though I will still be scared every appointment, I know he can be trusted to be patient and gentle every step of the way.
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I’ve had a few good Dentists over many years but Dr. Badie’s office is by far the best and most pleasant to visit. Hard decisions are easier to make with their advice and council that can be trusted. He and his entire staff could not be better trained and professional in their work and office manner. It may sound a bit much but this is true, both my wife and I look forward to our appointments as the pleasant experiences they are. There should be 6 stars….Make that 7!
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Sharp Barnes
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Well trained staff! It’s always a warm welcome when visiting Dr. Badie. The patients satisfaction is truly a priority here. 10/10 I would recommend.
Shelly Jones
5/5
1 year ago
I am extremely petrified of dentists. Dr Badie was so patient with me, even when I was being a very hard patient. He gave me something to help with my anxiety. I had 8 teeth pulled at once. No pain whatsoever. Even the next day. No swelling, no pain. Even though I will still be scared every appointment, I know he can be trusted to be patient and gentle every step of the way.
Kelly Ann
5/5
1 year ago
I am so so excited to get my teeth fixed this is the best dentist office in Tucson hands down there so nice, not judgemental, And do spectacular work. Rachel is so amazing and so awesome she has been nothing but helpful and a delight to deal with. Everything about this experience getting my teeth fixed so far has been perfect now that I found this dentist office. While Most of the other places I had gone were unwilling to actually help me and were very judge mental of me because of my situation and needing to get my entire mouth restored after using drugs for 20 years, even after getting clean and saving up money I was still treated with such disrespect it was like disgusting and I am so grateful for Rachel and Dr. Badie & their team For being so compassionate and professional and fur doing all that they can to help me thank you guys so much you’re so amazing I hope that other people find & choose you so that you can help them too! I will forever be grateful to you guys And I’m so blessed to have found you thank you
Jennifer Perkins
5/5
2 years ago
I have been going to Dr Badie for about 3+ years for my cleaning. All his staff are AWESOME! Everyone is so nice and professional. I had my cleaning and filling done, and it was painless. Thank you all for making my teeth beautiful as always!
Richard Nordenberg
5/5
2 years ago
I’ve had a few good Dentists over many years but Dr. Badie’s office is by far the best and most pleasant to visit. Hard decisions are easier to make with their advice and council that can be trusted. He and his entire staff could not be better trained and professional in their work and office manner. It may sound a bit much but this is true, both my wife and I look forward to our appointments as the pleasant experiences they are. There should be 6 stars….Make that 7!
larissa bos
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2 years ago
I received excellent dental care from Dr. Badie and his very friendly and efficient assistant Diane. Dr. Badie is very competent, detailed, compassionate, and thoroughly explains recommended treatment. His staff made me feel comfortable and welcome. Wonderful experience, highly recommended!