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Oral Health | Erosion & Decay | Dentist Balwyn

The impact on oral health and the hidden sugars in healthy foods

If your breakfast was two pieces of toast with jam or peanut butter, a glass of juice and a sweetened cup of coffee or tea, you may have already consumed 10 or more teaspoons of sugar.

Sugar comes in many forms and has many different names, and much of it is unfortunately hidden in your favourite foods as well as foods you think are healthy. In addition to making weight loss more difficult, sugar is the main contributor to tooth cavities and gum disease.

The moment any food enters your mouth, you’re exposing your teeth to acids that erode tooth enamel. That’s because foods such as citrusy fruits, tomatoes, baked goods, chips, lollies and chocolate all coat and adhere to your teeth for long periods. The bacteria in your mouth transform the sugar and starch from these foods into acid, and it’s this acid that attacks your enamel.

There’s sugar in just about everything we eat. It’s obvious in some foods, surprising in others, especially savoury foods. Some sugary foods include;

  • Bread/muffins
  • Sauce (tomato, barbeque, pasta sauce)
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Muesli /fruit bars
  • Energy/sports drinks/vitamin water
  • Flavoured/diet yoghurt
  • Salad dressing
  • Fruit juice
  • Canned foods (soup/vegetables)
  • Dried/canned fruit.

One way to combat the effect of sugar after you indulge in a sweet treat is to rinse your mouth with plain water. This will neutralise the acid and help rehydrate your mouth and aid in the production of saliva, your body’s natural immunity to food acids.

To know more about the effects of sugar on your oral health, speak to our friendly staff on (03) 9888 5677. You can also visit our practice at 1/92 Balwyn Rd, Balwyn VIC 3103.

  • iSmile Studio Dental
    1/92 Balwyn Rd,
    Balwyn VIC 3103