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Juicing for health… and yellow teeth?

You’ve surely heard about juicing. You’ve probably tried it. Juicing is the latest craze for increasing nutrition, detoxification, weight loss, and much more. It can also have an effect you probably didn’t intend, and that is stained teeth. Many fruits and some vegetables are highly pigmented, and the darkest colors are the most likely to cause stains.

The most damaging effects come from high-acid fruits, which can soften tooth enamel allowing it to absorb stains more readily. Additionally, acid exposure can lead to erosion of tooth enamel, and in turn, tooth sensitivity and decay. You can avoid these problems with a few simple steps:
  • When possible, use more veggies than fruit.
  • Drink through a straw, allowing most of the juice to bypass your teeth.
  • Rinse with water immediately after drinking.
  • Wait at least 30 minutes before brushing, so the enamel has time to re-harden.
  • See your dentist every six months.
If you notice the color of your teeth changing, ask your dentist about teeth whitening or porcelain veneers.

We warmly welcome Dr. Jessica Blakely D.D.S. to our Smile Center Family!

Dr. Blakely is a proud Buffalo native. She was educated in the Buffalo public school system and is a graduate of City Honors High School. Dr. Blakely relocated to Washington, DC for 8 years while she completed her undergraduate and dental studies. She graduated in 2010 from Howard University College of Dentistry in Washington, DC. She then returned to Buffalo to complete a General Practice Residency program with the University at Buffalo School of dental medicine. Dr. Blakely enjoys all areas of general dentistry. She is known for her compassion with patients and has been called the gentle dentist by many of her patients.

In her free time Dr. Blakely enjoys, spending time with family, traveling, staying fit and cheering for the Buffalo Bills.

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