Q1

How many times a day do you eat or drink something acidic, even in small quantities?

Q2a

How many times a day do you eat fresh fruit, even in small quantities?

Q2b

How many times a day do you drink fruit or vegetable juice, even in small quantities?

Q2c

How many times a day do you drink soft or fizzy drinks, even in small quantities?

Q2d

How many times a day do you drink energy or Isotonic drinks, even in small quantities?

Q3

Do you regularly brush your teeth less than 1 hour after eating?

Q4

Do you swish, swirl or hold your drink in your mouth?

We may not be able to see the effects of Acid Wear, but a dentist will be checking for the early signs at the same time as they’re checking for tooth decay or tooth pain. Even if our teeth look healthy today, they can be at risk from these 5 effects:

The effects of Acid Wear

1

Weak

the acids in everyday food and drink can weaken enamel making it easier to wear away

2

Thin

as more enamel wears away teeth can become visibly thinner

3

Transparent or See-through

as the enamel thins, the edges of your teeth can appear transparent or see-through

4

Yellow

as our weakened enamel is worn-away, the more yellow detine layer underneath can become more visible

5

Dull

as the enamel wears away our teeth may lose their shine, making them appear dull

Over time, not only can these effects get gradually worse but teeth may also become sensitive as the protective enamel disappears and the dentine layer below is exposed. We can start protecting our teeth today, to help stop Acid Wear getting any worse.

Having an acid-rich diet that can put our teeth at risk is much easier than you’d expect. As few as four acidic ‘moments’ throughout the day can put our enamel at risk from Acid Wear also known as Acid Erosion.

It’s not just the fizzy drinks, black coffee or wine; surprisingly it can even be our healthier choices: fruit, fruit juices, sparkling water with lemon, even salad dressings can count towards our daily acidic ‘moments’.

If our diet is healthy, let’s not change it. Let’s make sure that we’re protecting our precious enamel.

Enjoy fruit without fear, let a fizzy drink add a sparkle to our day and celebrate life with a glass of champagne – knowing that our teeth can be protected for the future.

Lemon Juice

Wine

Sports Drinks

Tonic Water

Carbonated Soft Drinks

Oranges

Plums

Iced Tea

Strawberries

Grapefruit Juice

Vinegar

Apple Sauce

Apple Juice

Salad Dressing

Orange Juice

White Wine

Tomatoes

Root Beer

Honey

Tomato Ketchup

Vegetables

Seedless Raisins

Vitamin C Tablets

Beer

Lemon Yoghurt

Pears

Carrot Juice

Tea (black)

Beetroot Juice

Black Coffee

Sour Milk

Natural Yoghurt

Yoghurt Orange Drink

Probiotic Yoghurt

Bananas

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