Just as sugary food and drinks can cause tooth decay, acidic food and drinks can cause erosion, the wearing away of the top layer – the enamel – of the tooth.

Erosion is very serious as, once the enamel has gone, it’s gone forever.

The biggest culprits for erosion are fizzy drinks, fruit juices and squashes as they contain high levels of acid. Dentists recommend that you avoid these and opt for water or milk whenever possible.

If you do drink acidic fruit juices or squashes, you can do the following to minimise the damage.

  • Add plenty of water to juices and squash to dilute the acid;
  • Use a straw when drinking fizzy or other acidic drinks as it directs the liquid past the teeth;
  • Don’t swish drinks around your mouth.