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Oral Health


Sugars in food and drinks

We all know that sugar is not good for teeth, but did you know that it is the number or times you have sugar during the day that causes teeth to decay? Every time sugar goes into the mouth the bacteria will convert it to acid putting teeth at risk of decay. So as well as cutting down the amount of sugar in your diet, it is very important to reduce the number of times a day you eat or drink sugary things.

Try these tips to help you enjoy some sugar in your diet without causing harm to your teeth:

  • Keep foods and drinks that contain sugars to meal times only

  • Cut down on the amount of sugar that you add to hot drinks and foods like breakfast cereals

  • If you are going to have something sweet have it at the end of your evening meal

  • Drink water in between meals, it not only helps your teeth but will also help your skin and keep you hydrated and more alert

  • Chew sugar free gum or drink water to dilute sugar acids after eating sweet foods

Teeth and fizzy drinks are never a great combination. A can or bottle of fizzy drink will contain between 7 and 12 teaspoons of sugar

  • Choose sugar free varieties

  • Use a straw 

  • Never 'swish' fizzy drinks through your teeth as it will damage teeth enamel and could cause sensitivity or decay

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