Here is the second instalment in my series on common juicing mistakes:

Cleaning Your Teeth Straight After You Drink Your Juice

I recently read an article on one juicing website that advised brushing your teeth immediately after drinking your juice to remove natural fruit sugars and acids from your mouth as they may soften or even erode your tooth enamel.

This advice is completely wrong.

It is true that juice from vegetables and especially from fruits, which tend to have a higher acid content, can damage the enamel of your teeth in exactly the same way that a fizzy drink [soda] would, but brushing your teeth straight after drinking your juice actually increases the risks! I like to think of it a bit like pouring some detergent onto a dirty saucepan. If you leave it there it may remove a little of the dirt, but if you scrub it with a brush it will remove all the dirt and much quicker.

The best advice I can offer is to brush your teeth in the morning before drinking your juice and if you are really concerned about your teeth drink through a straw as this will deliver the juice to the back of your mouth and away from most of your teeth. I’ve been juicing almost everyday for nearly 4 years without any negative impact on my dental health.

Oil Pulling

Following a comment posted when I shared this article on Facebook I decided to extend it to tell you about oil pulling. Oil pulling or oil swishing is a traditional Indian folk remedy that involves swishing oil in the mouth. Think of it as being like an oil mouthwash (not as unpleasant as it sounds).

It is believed oil pulling can reduce plaque and gingivitis and reduce bad breath (halitosis). You may want to consider doing it if you are concerned about leaving juice on your teeth.

I suggest using coconut oil, not just because it tastes better than many other oils, but also because according to a study by a research team from from the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland, coconut oil is the only effective oil used in oil pulling that can stop growth of Streptococcus bacteria.

To try oil pulling simply put about a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish the oil around your mouth for a few minutes (many articles I’ve read on oil pulling suggest swilling the oil for 15–20 minutes, but to be honest I’ve personally found my mouth and teeth feel much cleaner after about 5 minutes). When you are done spit the oil in to a bin or down the toilet (if you spit it down the sink the oil could solidify and block your drain), rinse your mouth with clean water a couple of times and then drink a glass of water or a cup of herbal tea.

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