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Will being on a liquid diet affect my teeth in any way?

I am planning to go on a liquid diet to detox myself. Will this diet affect my teeth in any way?

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Only if the sugars or acids are allowed to rest on the gums or teeth. You should always rinse with water after drinking anything but water. The sugars/acidity of most other drinks can rest in the groves on the tops of the teeth, in between the teeth, and along the gum line creating cavities over time.
If this is a short-term diet, it shouldn't have a long range effect on your teeth. My assumption is that you are not dealing with high sugar drinks or high acid drinks (soda). You still must continue practicing your regular oral hygiene program (brushing, flossing and regular cleaning).
Possibly. I believe any diet that has high quantities of sugar in liquid form can be disastrous to your teeth.
The word "Detox" puts up a red flag. A very good source of information is: see what they say, but it sounds like a hoax to me. I don't trust anything that is promoted by a bunch of testimonials. The saying goes "multiple anecdotes still equals no data."
The answer is yes, but only if the liquids that you consume contain sugar. In that case, you may cause dental decay.
As long as you were taking the proper nutritional supplements to affect the change in your course of diet and follow good hygiene rules with your teeth as far as brushing and flossing are concerned, you should be fine. Good luck
Yes, it will. For the bone health around the teeth, chewing food is important.
Has no damaging effect.
Your teeth and gums need stimulation, i.e., chewing. Chewing will help dislodge some food around the gum line.
Provided that the liquids are not too acidic or high in sugar, I see no harmful effects for your teeth if you're on a liquid diet and you continue to practice good oral hygiene.   

Dr. Al
Liquid diet can cause tooth erosion and enamel decay if you are consuming anything acidic. Basically, losing the outer layer of the tooth and causing sensitivity.
There usually would be no direct affect on your teeth, unless you were to be drinking an acidic formulation. The acid could erode the enamel. So try to do some research about what exactly the liquids on your diet contain.
You should be fine! Just continue with all of your regular home care procedures.  

Richard J. Staller, D.D.S.
It depends on the acidity of the liquid and how long you hold it in your mouth. If you simply drink it and then rinse with water, I would expect you to be safe. If you constantly sip it all day long, that would be dangerous.
No. Just make sure the liquids are not a negative PH like soda or juices. Brush and still floss your teeth as usual.
The main concern for any patient and liquids and amount of exposures per day. Many liquids we like to drink are acidic. Whether it is from a natural source, citric acid in fruit juices, tannic acid in teas, or an added source,carbonic and phosphoric acid in soft drinks. Some vegetable juices such as tomato are acidic as well. There are many resources online easily accessed that give acidic PH of many drinks and juices. Teeth start to dissolve at a ph of 5.5. Any liquid ph lower than that will dissolve teeth over time. This is where amount and duration of exposure to these liquids becomes a concern. A few exposures with short duration like a three meal day are usually no problem. More exposures with long duration like sipping drinks of this type often through the day are very damaging. Stomach acid is just as bad. If a liquid diet produces an acid reflux problem, that can be just as damaging. Sugary drinks like juices contribute to the problem by feeding bacteria that are naturally in our mouths and use these sugars to produce acids of their own that dissolve the teeth and cause tooth decay. So taking steps to avoid these issues by limiting the intake or exposure to the teeth, rinsing thoroughly with water after consuming acidic liquids and flossing and brushing regularly is a sensible plan for any diet pattern and will do you well.
Depending on the type of liquid, if it’s an acidic one, yes it does! Some detoxifying diets have vinegar in them, which is acidic. Generally, if you go on those diets, after drinking the liquid, rinse your mouth and teeth with water, which neutralizes the acid. Make sure your diet doesn’t deprive your body of calcium, as calcium is essential for your teeth.

Dr. Shahbandi
Not as long as you are consuming sugar free liquids. If the liquid has a dark color it could stain your teeth.
A high sugar diet could impact your dental health.

Avoid a sugary liquid diet.
Detoxing is actually one of the ridiculous scams brought on by the health food industry. There really is no concrete scientific evidence that detoxing is valid. Your body naturally detoxes itself through the liver and kidneys.You are essentially wasting your money on any claims about detoxing products.Solid food helps keep your colon in good shape.Liquids will neither help or hurt your teeth.My opinion, eat a healthy diet, brush your teeth and floss and save your money on the detox scam and buy yourself a good book.
Depends on what's in the liquid...
If there is sugar involved, YES!! Be careful. Water, water, water. Boring yes, helpful, YES!
As long as you are doing it properly with proper nutrition, it shouldn't affect the teeth
It shouldn't unless the liquids are high in sugar. Drink through a straw if you are worried about this.
There is a possibility that this can. If the liquids you are drinking are highly acidic such as juices and sodas it can lead to increased cavities. Energy gels can do this as well. Additionally, with changes in diet you can have changes in salivary flow and oral bacteria which can adversely effect your teeth and activity of cavity causing bacteria.
Depends on what liquid you would be using. If it contains a lot of sugar, you can drink it and be fine but just make sure it's only at mealtime and not constantly sipping all day. After you're done drinking it just rinse with water to help raise the pH in your mouth back to normal. Good luck!
Hi there,
Depends what type of liquid and frequency of liquid drink you will take.
If you drink a liquid which has lot of sugar and drink very frequently, it might have some bad effects on your teeth. I would suggest to limit your liquid intake to less sugary and 3-4 times a day and finish the drink quick. Don’t keep sipping on some sugary liquid or juice all day long. Also rinse your teeth with regular water after drinking any liquid.
Hope this helps.
Dr. Sharma DDS
A short term liquid diet will not necessarily affect the teeth; however there are some potential risks. Only consume carbohydrates three or four times daily. Between those meals consume noncarbohydrate beverages such as water, black coffee and tea without any milk or honey.