IS YOUR SUMMER DIET RUINING YOUR SMILE?

With summer in our sights and the beach beckoning, many of us are hitting the gym harder than ever and filling our diets with healthy fruits and veg to ensure we’re summer ready. For some, this may even mean trying out a juicing diet.

Juicing can be a great way to take on your five-a-day and for some, it can lead to weight loss, however fruit and vegetable juices can have an undesirable effect on your smile, causing staining and even damaging the tooth’s enamel.

We understand that sugary treats and drinks can affect the teeth in this way, but did you know that the acid in fruit and vegetable juices can have a similar impact?

Elaine Tilling, Head of Clinical Education at TePe UK, gives her top tips for ensuring you aren’t damaging your smile with your healthy lifestyle: 

  • Drink your juice through a straw to reduce direct contact with the teeth 
  • Avoid brushing for up to 40 mins after consuming acidic foods and drinks as these ‘soften’ the tooth surface (enamel) and immediate brushing can lead to abrasion of the enamel. Forty minutes will give your mouth enough time for the saliva to harden the enamel and protect it
  • Swishing the mouth with water after eating will clear any loose debris and stimulate the saliva to flow. Saliva is nature’s natural cleanser and works to rebalance the acid environment produced in the mouth when we eat and drink these foods
  • Regular use of an interdental brush or floss can prevent and reduce stains between the teeth, giving you a healthier and brighter smile 

Interdental Brushes are designed to reach the gaps between the teeth and below the gum line. TePe Interdental Brushes clean 40% more of your tooth’s surface than regular brushing. Interdental Brushes help to remove plaque, which causes gingivitis, cavities and bad breath

TePe brushes are available from Boots, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Superdrug, Lloyds Pharmacy and other leading chemists.

RRP: Between £3 - £3.25.