Good dental health like good general health relies on having healthy eating habits. Our teeth can be affected as much by our diet, as by not brushing our teeth regularly. Modern diets can be high in sugar, fats and salt, impacting both on general and oral health.
Adding sugar to our drinks is an obvious source of added sugar. However, a much larger source of added sugar is hidden in processed foods such as cakes, sweets, biscuits, ice-cream etc.…
ADDED SUGAR = empty calories
SUGAR = no vitamins, no minerals, no protein, no fibre
TOO MUCH SUGAR, TOO OFTEN = tooth decay, obesity, diabetes type 2, heart disease and cancer
When reading the labels on food packets, it is important to know how much sugar has been added. However, it is easy to get confused. 4.2g of sugar is equal to 1 teaspoon. The higher the sugar content, the closer it appears to the start of the label on the food or drink packaging.
Be careful! Sugar may be described as different names on labels and they all add up. So beware of sucrose, glucose, lactose, galactose, dextrose, maltose, demerara, brown sugar, maple sugar, honey, molasses or treacle syrup.