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I drink 8 oz of grapefruit juice every day. Will this destroy the enamel on my teeth? If so, should I stop drinking this juice?
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not recommended
Acidic drinks erode and soften tooth enamel.
Drinking something acidic, like grapefruit juice, then rinse your mouth and wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth, since you can actually brush the acidity deeper into your teeth and get cavities. Moderation is the key.

In brief: Not recommended
Acidic drinks erode and soften tooth enamel.
Drinking something acidic, like grapefruit juice, then rinse your mouth and wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth, since you can actually brush the acidity deeper into your teeth and get cavities. Moderation is the key.
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Drinking juices
If you drink it within a short period of time, it not too bad.
Sipping acidic liquids over a long time is bad! Consider substitutes that are not as acidic at least part of the time and Vitamin C tablets. Rather than guess, see your own dentist to determine the condition of your teeth and whether or not this has and will have an effect on your enamel.

In brief: Drinking juices
If you drink it within a short period of time, it not too bad.
Sipping acidic liquids over a long time is bad! Consider substitutes that are not as acidic at least part of the time and Vitamin C tablets. Rather than guess, see your own dentist to determine the condition of your teeth and whether or not this has and will have an effect on your enamel.
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Please also know that Grapefruit in any form can alter the effectiveness of numerous medications. Discuss this with both your General Dentist and your Primary Care Physician.
Dr. David Kam
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: May be
All acidic solution can dissolve enamel and patients suffering from bolemia can damage their teeth! stomach acid is hydrochloric acid which much more potent than the weak citric acid.
Just rinse your teeth with water after your fruit juice will eliminate the problem which is small to begin with!

In brief: May be
All acidic solution can dissolve enamel and patients suffering from bolemia can damage their teeth! stomach acid is hydrochloric acid which much more potent than the weak citric acid.
Just rinse your teeth with water after your fruit juice will eliminate the problem which is small to begin with!
Dr. David Kam
Dr. David Kam
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Add water
rinse mouth with water immediately after drinking grapefruit juice to minimize the damage the acid would do to the teeth.
A single mouthful of water helps rebalance the pH and shortens the time to neutralize the acid effects

In brief: Add water
rinse mouth with water immediately after drinking grapefruit juice to minimize the damage the acid would do to the teeth.
A single mouthful of water helps rebalance the pH and shortens the time to neutralize the acid effects
Dr. Keith Hollander
Dr. Keith Hollander
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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Don't drink juice
Its preferable to eat the fruit with its fiber intact than to drink juices with concentrated fructose.
Blending fruits is ok but its best to avoid fruit juices in preference to whole fruits.

In brief: Don't drink juice
Its preferable to eat the fruit with its fiber intact than to drink juices with concentrated fructose.
Blending fruits is ok but its best to avoid fruit juices in preference to whole fruits.
Dr. Steven Charlap
Dr. Steven Charlap
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