Dietary Tips for Preventing Erosive Tooth Wear

Dietary Tips for Preventing Erosive Tooth Wear

Protecting your teeth against acid attack should be part of an overall balanced diet and these suggestions should help you keep to an eating pattern which is healthy-not too high in fat, salt, sugar and alcohol with plenty of vegetables and fruit at mealtimes.

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CARBONATED FLAVORED DRINKS

WATER, SPARKLING WATER, MILK, TEA, COFFEE

JUICES

WATER, MILK, TEA, COFFEE

WINE, BEER, CIDER, SPIRIT WITH MIX

IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO DRINK ALCOHOL WITH MEALS

FRUITS AS SNACK

VEGETABLES-CARROTS STICKS, CELERY STICKS, CUCUMBER, PEPPERS, NUTS, CHEESE

VINEGAR, PICKLES, KETCHUP, LEMON, JUICE-BASED DRESSINGS

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Helpful tips:

  • If you have carbonated drinks, have them as infrequently as possible and over a short time period
  • Try not to sip, swish or hold the drinks in your mouth
  • If you are going to have juices try and drink them only with meals
  • Try and dilute them with water to gradually wean yourself off the taste
  • Remember to drink alcohol sensibly
  • Try to avoid putting slices of lemons/limes in your drink
  • Try and eat fruits with meals, as a dessert
  • If you can, snack on vegetables
  • If you are going for a fruit as a snack avoid citrus fruits and apples. Try a banana or a plum instead
  • Try to eat the fruit over a small time period, i.e. have 10 strawberries grapes at once rather than nibbling on one every few minutes
  • Try to eat any acidic foods with something that contains calcium e.g. yogurt or milk
  • Try to reduce the amount of these dressings that you put on foods
  • If you can, avoid having them on foods in between meals

For more information, book an appointment with our NW Calgary Dentists at Expressions Dental.