Sugar Smarts


For many of us there’s no such thing as too sweet. But too much sugar can lead to obesity and significant tooth decay.

Because sugary foods react with bacteria on your teeth, they produce an acid that destroys tooth enamel … for up to twenty minutes. The key to preventing this damage and maintaining strong, healthy teeth? Pass on sugary, high-calorie foods, and satisfy your sweet tooth with these ideas:

    • Replace decadent cookies and cakes with tea biscuits or plain cookies
    • Gradually reduce the sugar you add to meals and beverages
    • Eat fruit for dessert and in-between snacks, but go easy on high-calorie dried fruits
    • Buy plain yogurt and sweeten it with fresh fruit
    • Eat unsweetened cereal that’s livened up with fruit slices
    • Avoid buying sweets for your kids.

    When a sweet treat beckons, remind yourself that food is meant to fuel our bodies. Sugary snacks and refined, processed foods are generally low in nutrients, high in calories, and don’t really satisfy hunger. And remember … any food that’s good for your body is also good for your teeth. These include fresh fruit, vegetables, lean meat, skinless poultry, fish, dried beans and peas, as well as low- or non-fat dairy products.

    We’d be happy to recommend other nutritious foods that will promote healthier teeth and overall well-being, so feel free to get in touch!