Eating a balanced diet full of nutritious food will, of course, help you reap numerous health benefits today and tomorrow. But did you know how important it is to protect your teeth from the effects of acid wear – which can be caused by some healthy foods and drinks that are acidic? You only need take a few simple steps, such as using Pronamel toothpaste and mouthwash.
Eating a balanced diet is one of the most obvious ways of leading an active, healthy lifestyle. There's a whole host of nutritious recipes specially created for BBC Good Food*, for you to enjoy, just be mindful that even certain healthy foods can leave your teeth vulnerable to the effects of acid wear.
Foods such as some fruit, juices, fruit teas, vinegar and some roasted vegetables are acidic and can cause acid wear. When these foods come into contact with your teeth, they can temporarily soften the enamel surface. When you then brush your teeth, the enamel can be worn away more easily and become thinner over time. This wearing of enamel, caused by acid in the diet is called acid wear.
The effects of acid wear can't be reversed, so protection is your best way forward. Use Pronamel toothpaste and mouthwash daily to help protect your teeth against the effects of acid wear. If you do this, and follow the tips dotted throughout this site, there's no need to cut out your favourite healthy food.
Drink acidic drinks, such as fruit juice and fizzy drinks, quickly – don't swish them around or hold them in your mouth for long periods.
Plus use a straw angled towards the back of your mouth, away from your teeth, to limit the effects of acid wear.