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Brits endanger teeth with poor eating habits

Children don't get enough exercise
Nearly four fifths of Britons are risking acid erosion of their teeth because of their dietary habits, new research has found.

A study by Sensodyne Pronamel found that 85 per cent of respondents knew fizzy drinks were bad for their teeth.

However, 45 per cent did not realise the same could be said for some still drinks, and 71 per cent did not know fruit could damage their teeth.

The research also uncovered bad habits such as consuming acidic drinks without a straw (58 per cent), covering food with acidic dressings such as balsamic vinegar (47 per cent), and sucking on orange segments (31 per cent) - all of which could be damaging their teeth.

Anita Bean, a nutritionist and expert in acid erosion, commented: "Acid erosion is one of the biggest threats to tooth enamel this century and, as the research shows, people are far less aware of how they can best protect teeth from this condition.

"Simple changes to your daily routine can help, like drinking acidic drinks through a straw angled away from teeth or using a toothpaste designed to help protect teeth from the acids in our diet."

Consumers can also reduce their risk of needing to visit a cosmetic dentist y drinking water after eating or drinking anything acidic and chewing gum to stimulate the production of saliva.

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Dental News update: 11/04/2008