Sugar has been prominent in the news recently. It has long been know that sugary foods and drinks contribute to an increased risk of dental decay. The intake of sugar in our diet has generally increased in recent years and seems to have led to an increase in dental problems as well as other health issues such as diabetes.
Many people think of sugar mainly being in sweets, chocolates and fizzy drinks, however there are many food and drinks that contain what are known as “hidden sugars”. These can often be products that are promoted by their manufacturer’s of being healthy such as breakfast cereals and soups, so it may not be easy to identify these as potential causes of dental problems.
An article in the Daily Mail last week highlights some of the sugar contents of common foods
Some foods that you may not be aware of containing high sugar levels:
– Crisps (some flavours)
– Tomato ketchup
– Breakfast cereals and bars
– Some bottled waters
It is important to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Dentists recommend that you limit the frequency of intake of sugary food and drinks, along with good oral hygiene measures.
It is also important to visit a dentist on a regular basis to assess the condition of your teeth. If you need any advice please give us a call on 020 88884401.