Choosing what you eat
There are also a few things you can consider when choosing what you have to eat and when to reduce your chances of tooth decay and acid erosion:
- Swap sugary fizzy drinks for tooth-friendly ones, such as milk, water or green tea
- Keep fruit juices and smoothies to mealtimes only, as they’re very acidic and contain high amounts of fructose (fruit sugar), meaning that they can be as damaging to your teeth as fizzy drinks
- Try to limit the number of snacks you have in one day, and avoid sugary or acidic foods when you do have them. Most dentists agree that it’s a good idea to find snacks that are healthy for your teeth as well as your body. To help you, we’ve put together a simple snack chart - see image on the right.
- Try a cheeseboard instead of ordering dessert when you go out; cheese helps to neutralise acids in the mouth that can lead to tooth decay
- Stay away from ‘sticky’ sugary foods like dried fruit or jelly sweets – these can stick to your teeth for the rest of the day, providing the perfect snack for the bad bacteria in your mouth