CDA Essentials 2019 • Volume 7 • Issue 2

30 | 2019 | Issue 2 S upporting Y our P ractice Vegetables Breadsticks, crackers (unsalted) Tortilla chips (baked, not fried) Cheeses*, milk-based products (e.g. natural yogurt) Nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hummus Plain popcorn (not sweetened or buttered) Between Meals: How to Avoid Acid Attack To stop the damage that acidic foods are doing to your teeth you need to make small adjustments in the way you eat and drink some foods. You can do this in three ways.  Choose alternative snacks and drinks to reduce how often you have acidic drinks and foods.  When you do have acidic foods, have them with other foods, at mealtimes rather than snacks.  Make sure that acidic foods and drinks are in contact with your teeth for the shortest time possible (e.g., eat things at one sitting, use a straw for drinks, not sipping or holding drinks in your mouth). SAFE Snacks between meals Drinks to AVOID between meals Foods to AVOID between meals Water Milk* Tea/coffee without sugar Herbal teas without fruits/citrus flavour Fruits, particularly citrus fruits Tomatoes Vinegars particularly apple cider vinegar, pickles, ketchups Lemon juice-based salad dressing Carbonated drinks except unflavoured sparkling water. Carbonated diet drinks, sports and energy drinks All juices, particularly citrus fruit juices Smoothies Vitamin C drinks Beer and wine Fruit teas, herbal teas with fruit/citrus SAFE Drinks between meals P   P * Choose low-fat options when available