Are fruit juices and smoothies bad for our teeth?

Studies have shown that some smoothies from shops in fact have more sugar in them than a can of coke. So when you’re thinking about grabbing a smoothing on the way to work because its quick and easy, you may want to think again.

There is an ascorbic acid in vitamin C that can cause enamel to erode, making teeth more vulnerable to staining. Also the natural sugars in fruit can lead to tooth decay.

Here are some tips to help you enjoy your smoothies but to keep your teeth as healthy as possible.

Drink your smoothie all in one go and don’t slowly sip on it over several hours.
Try drinking through a straw (paper not plastic) to avoid as much contact with the teeth as possible.
Avoid using citrus fruits to reduce the acid.
Try to drink more green smoothies as these will contain more veg than fruit and will keep the sugar levels down.

Some smoothie recipes to try:

  • Half a cup of coconut milk, one cup of spinach, one banana and one green apple.
  • One cup of plain greek yogurt, one cup of fruit (strawberries, bananas, blueberries), half a cup of milk.