Sugar & Oral Health
To raise awareness of the amount of ‘sugar’ the average Australian is consuming in their diet, film maker ‘Damon Gameau embarked on an experiment that involved him consuming the average sugar consumption (40 teaspoons per day), per person in Australia over a 60 day period. The results where concerning to say the least with the number of products that have ‘hidden sugars’ in them with these particular foods often being perceived or marketed as, ‘healthy options’.
As health care providers we can’t stress enough that non healthy food choices and diets high in sugar or excess can impact negatively on oral health. Sugar has been identified as a big contributor to tooth decay in Australia by the process of, bacteria in dental plaque attaching onto the sugar we consume to produce acids.
Things to consider; foods that are high in sugar should be only consumed in moderation, vegetables are not only form part of a healthier diet for overall health but are also a good choice for your teeth which could potentially help in preventing cavities and tooth decay and to assist in fighting plaque. Vegetables that are crunchy, and contain a higher content of water are able to stimulate the flow of saliva in an individual’s mouth which potentially has the ability to clean tooth surfaces. As reported saliva has the ability to neutralise the acid present in some foods and able to loosen the foods that can get trapped between your teeth.
(As adapted from https://wwwadsa.ash.au,Oct 15. ‘Chomp on the vegies this nutrition week’).