February 9, 2023

Cleansing juices, lemon water, and switching to non-dairy milk may be health habits some are looking to adopt for the New Year.

Proponents argue that the liquid-only diet boosts weight loss, the citrus drink strengthens the immune system, and plant-based milk is better for your health and the planet.

But experts told MailOnline the trends could cause ‘long-term damage’ to teeth and leave health fanatics needing the dentist.

Cleansing juices, lemon water, and switching to non-dairy milk may be health habits some are looking to adopt for the New Year. But experts told MailOnline the trends could cause “long-term damage” to teeth and leave health fanatics needing the dentist.

Juice cleanses involve consuming only fruit and vegetable juices.  They usually last between one and 10 days and promise rapid weight loss.

Juice cleanses involve consuming only fruit and vegetable juices. They usually last between one and 10 days and promise rapid weight loss.

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Dr Payal Bhalla, a dentist at Ipswich Dental Surgery, told MailOnline that while juice cleanses can improve overall health, they can cause “long-term damage” to teeth.

The diet consists of consuming only fruit and vegetable juices.

They usually last between one and 10 days and promise rapid weight loss.

But they’re a strict diet, so they’re unlikely to result in long-term weight loss, and they don’t offer all the nutrients your body needs, like protein.

Adding to this, Dr Bhalla said: ‘The high sugar content that comes from these juices after drinking them daily can wear down tooth enamel and promote cavities.

“The bacteria that settles on the teeth after drinking juice can also irritate the gums and eventually lead to gum disease.”

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Even juices made only with fruit can contain around 16g of sugar per 200ml glass.

But many cleanses cause people to drink 3 liters per day.

Squeezing fresh lemon juice into water is touted as a hope to boost the immune system and aid digestion.

Squeezing fresh lemon juice into water is touted as a hope to boost the immune system and aid digestion.

Lemon water

Squeezing fresh lemon juice into water is touted as a way to boost the immune system, aid digestion, and support weight loss.

Lemons are packed with vitamin C, which studies show may help fight infection.

Citric acid has also been shown to help the stomach break down food, while the fruit is also believed to boost metabolism.

But Dr Bhalla said the habit can cause “enamel erosion or cavities” because the drink is so acidic.

In addition to these dental problems, drinking too much can cause heartburn, nausea, headaches, and other symptoms of GERD.

Dentists advise fans of lemon water to brush their teeth before drinking it, use a straw to minimize contact with the teeth, and then rinse their mouths with water.

Dr Saul Konviser, a dentist at Montagu Dental in west London and a member of the Dental Wellness Trust, told MailOnline some may turn to the trend as part of a “healthy approach” to the New Year.

But the drink is “very acidic,” which can cause “enamel erosion and possible tooth sensitivity, fractures, and an increased chance of getting cavities or needing treatment,” he said.

Dr Konviser added: “If you have consumed anything acidic, try to at least rinse with water to remove the acids and then wait at least half an hour before brushing your teeth due to the weakened state of your enamel.”

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“Brushing your teeth immediately after an acid attack can remove even more enamel.”

Some Britons and Americans now drink plant-based milk, with increasing numbers switching from cow to oat, almond and soy versions.

Some Britons and Americans now drink plant-based milk, with increasing numbers switching from cow to oat, almond and soy versions.

vegetable milk

Some Britons and Americans now drink plant-based milk, with increasing numbers switching from cow to oat, almond and soy versions.

Some cite health benefits, such as the same high protein content along with a lower level of unsaturated fat, while others point to environmental benefits.

However, eliminating cow’s milk can leave people with a calcium deficiency, which can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, Dr. Bhalla said.

He said some plant-based milks can cause bacteria in the mouth to produce six times more acid than cow’s milk.

“This is concerning, as more acid means a higher chance of enamel erosion, as well as more chance of experiencing cavities and cavities,” added Dr. Bhalla.

Apple cider vinegar shots—made by fermenting the sugar that is naturally present in apples and adding yeast or bacteria—is touted to improve digestion, support the immune system, and lower blood sugar

Made by fermenting the sugar that is naturally present in apples and adding yeast or bacteria, apple cider vinegar shots are touted to improve digestion, support the immune system and lower blood sugar.

Apple cider vinegar

Made by fermenting the sugar naturally present in apples and adding yeast or bacteria, apple cider vinegar shots are touted to improve digestion, support the immune system and boost heart health.

This is due to its gut-friendly bacteria, antibacterial properties related to fighting infections, and its ability to lower triglyceride levels, which can lead to the formation of fatty plaques in the arteries.

Famous fans include Jennifer Aniston, Victoria Beckham, and Katy Perry.

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But Dr Bhalla said: “While apple cider vinegar may offer some benefits for your health, it can be quite damaging to your teeth, especially if you drink it daily.”

Vinegar is extremely acidic and can erode tooth enamel very quickly if you drink it daily.

‘This then exposes the layer of yellow dentin underneath.

“Not only is this extremely harmful to your teeth, as our enamel is essential for a healthy tooth, but it will also make them look yellow.”

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