Vegetable milks are on the rise. Almond, coconut, cashew or oat milk, these alternatives to cow’s milk have appealed to a large audience of lactose intolerant people as well as those who have given up dairy products for ethical reasons. However, unlike cow’s milk, many of these milks are sweetened. Take the time to choose an unsweetened version of your favorite plant-based milk carefully to prevent that added sugar from eating away at your teeth.
Another important info: these milks often contain less calcium, but calcium is important for healthy teeth. You’ll find calcium in almonds and most dairy products, and plant-based milks are often fortified with calcium to compensate for this. It is advisable to choose a milk that contains at least 120 mg of calcium per 100 ml, in order to ensure an optimal level of calcium.
Apple cider vinegar
It is credited with a whole series of virtues: it could promote weight loss and reduce blood sugar. Thus, in the same way as certain beliefs which recommend swallowing fresh lemon juice every morning on an empty stomach to detoxify, the trend is for small shots of apple cider vinegar in the morning. While the health results are questionable, so are the effects on the teeth. Apple cider vinegar (like lemon) is acidic and can erode enamel. A word of advice if you don’t want to give up your shot of vinegar: dilute it with water so that it’s less concentrated when it comes into contact with your teeth…
Fruit juice cures
Among the miracle diets that have been quite fashionable in recent years, fruit juice cures are apparently good for your health, even if most nutritionists recommend a healthy but varied diet rather than this kind of cure. But they also and above all have a rather harmful effect on the teeth. The juice remains stagnant at the junction between the tooth and the gum and between the teeth, and the sugar contained in these juices can then wear down the enamel and cause cavities. It is therefore important to always use dental floss and brush your teeth after drinking juice. Another tip? Always drink them with a straw to keep the juice away from the surface of the teeth.
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