Evolve Dentistry | Dentist in Portishead, Somerset

24 Harbour Road Portishead BS20 7AL

24 Harbour Road Portishead BS20 7AL

Sugar

A secret addiction: can you say ‘no’ to sugar?

We all eat it, and we all love it: but this seemingly inoffensive substance is one of the leading causes of tooth decay and other oral complications.[i]

The UK population’s love-affair with sugar may seem sweet on the surface, but overconsumption leads to a range of health issues. And our mouths, which bear the brunt of sugar consumption, soon show the evidence of our sweet tooth.

Cutting out sugar is easier said than done, so what are some of the tips and tricks you can employ to help you moderate and cut down on sugar?

A hidden enemy
Avoiding sugar is tricky, as it’s either naturally-occurring or added into a plethora of foods and drinks (even ones you’d least expect). ‘Free sugars’ are found in many foods and drinks that you’d find in almost all households, from biscuits, chocolate and cereals to fizzy drinks, honey, fruit juices and smoothies.

According to the NHS, adults should consume no more than 30g of free sugars per day (7 sugar cubes): children aged 7 to 10, no more than 24g a day (6 sugar cubes); and children aged 4 to 6, no more than 19g of free sugars per day (5 sugar cubes).

So, how can you be more aware of the sugar content in foods/beverages, and how can you moderate your consumption?

Everything in moderation
Swapping out certain items for less sugary or sugar-free options is a good place to start. For instance, simply using sweetener instead of sugar in your tea or coffee. It’s a small swap but it will make a difference to the amount of sugar that you consume a day.

Drinking water is always the best alternative to fizzy/fruit drinks, but if you have a hankering for the sweet and fizzy sensations, opt for a low-sugar or sugar-free squash mixed with sparkling water. Be vigilant when checking labels on foods, and if possible, opt for healthier/less sugary options.

Sugar has been found to have addictive qualities, which might explain why some people struggle cutting down. However, cutting down on sugar has a myriad of benefits for our minds and bodies: the risk of oral diseases will also be reduced.

Support from your dentist
Maintaining a thorough oral hygiene routine is vital when protecting your teeth and gums from the impact of sugar.

If you feel concerned about your sugar intake, or would like further advice, the dental team is in a prime position to offer you the most relevant, tailored guidance.

Cutting down on sugar isn’t easy, but it certainly isn’t impossible: with small steps and the right support, you can slowly but surely make better decisions regarding your health.

If you are concerned about the impact of sugar on your teeth, make an appointment with a member of our team who would be happy to help you.

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