I read with some dismay a headline in the papers this weekend, which highlighted the risks posed to dental health from too much fruit! It seems like your five-a-day isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and that you can’t do right for doing wrong!

So, let me try and clear up a few things here ☺

Fresh fruit and vegetables are undoubtedly good for your general health, and I don’t believe that anybody would advocate cutting them out. Certain fruits, however are more damaging to your teeth than others, so be reasonable in the amount you consume, and avoid very acidic fruits and juices. The most acidic fruits are oranges – pineapples – sour apples – sour plums – lemons – grapefruits – sour peaches – limes – tangerines – sour grapes – tomatoes. Regular over-consumption of these can lead to acid damage of your teeth.

Also:

Cut down on acidic beverages. Reduce or eliminate your consumption of fizzy drinks and white wine. Also so-called “sports drinks” in particular contain large amounts of citric acid and sugar.

Avoid grazing through the day. If you enjoy nibbling on food all day long, you may be endangering your teeth.

Combine acidic foods and drinks with ones that can counteract the acidity. Nuts and dairy foods are considered helpful balancers to acidic foods. If you really must drink acidic fruit juices, consider rinsing thoroughly and gargling with a spoonful of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) in water.

Use a straw. Reduce the contact of juice and soda drinks with your teeth by drinking through a straw. This is only a minor help, so don’t rely on it as a major solution! The best approach is to reduce your overall consumption of fruit juice and soda drinks.

NB

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