When suffering from gum disease, it is important that you know what things can help the problem, and what things can make it worse. It is good to make sure that your diet is varied and includes things like water and juice as your beverages.
However, if you have too much juice, it can actually slow down any type of gum disease treatment you have going. The high acid levels in juice can make it to where your gums can’t be as responsive to treatment as they would be with water.
What Juice Does to Your Gums
Juice is normally very acidic. This means that it sits up against your gums and creates the perfect environment for bacteria growth. It also allows the teeth to start being eroded, if they haven’t been already. Juice is corrosive, and can cause the gums to become even more inflamed. Plus, it can cause the teeth to begin to decay, leading to increased cavities.
If you drink juice regularly, but want to keep your teeth and gums healthier, there are a few things you can do to minimize their damage. First, drink the juice as quickly as possible. Sipping it slowly over a long period of time prolongs the exposure, and increases the damage the juice can do. Second, chase the juice with water.
Water can help to neutralize the acid in the juice if you drink it quickly after finishing the juice. Finally, make sure that you don’t brush for at least 30 minutes after you drink the juice. This gives your saliva plenty of time to neutralize whatever acids are left before you brush.
If you want to know more about what you can do to help prevent gum disease, or to minimize it from progressing if you already have it, ask your periodontist. They can help!
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