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Helpful tips for when drinking acidic drinks (like soft drink, juice and alcohol)

  1. Avoid holding or swishing high-acid drinks (coke) around the mouth, as it increases the likelihood of decay or enamel erosion.
  2. Don’t hold sweet or acidic drinks in your mouth before swallowing – use a straw to minimize the acid exposure to teeth.
  3. Cold drinks are thought to be less likely to cause tooth erosion than room temperature ones.
  4. Drink fluoridated tap water as much as possible, rather then bottled drinks.
  5. Chewing sugar-free gum can stimulate saliva flow and wash the enamel-eating acids away.
  6. After you finish a drink or a meal, wait an hour before brushing your teeth or you’ll risk removing the softened layer.
  7. Rinse with water or a fluoridated mouth rinse – this will help to remove any acids that remain in the mouth.
  • Do not use any sweet substances on your babies dummy (e.g. honey) as this can cause serious tooth decay.