22 Jan New Year, New Me, New Lifestyle!
Hi everyone, welcome to 2019 from all at Skipton Road Dental Practice.
Small changes can make big differences and in the long run can be more sustainable, healthy diets generally contain more than enough sugar from naturally occurring sources such as whole fruits, vegetables and milk.
Too much sugar is bad for your overall health, it can lead to a build-up of harmful fat on the inside that we cannot see, and this fat can cause weight gain and serious diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.
A simple sugar swap not only has a positive impact on your oral health but you will feel better too!
Benefits of decreasing your sugar intake include:
- Reduction in tooth decay
- Weight loss
- More energy as your diet consists of more lean proteins and good carbs which are good options for keeping your body fuelled
- Skin health – over consumption of sugar can weaken collagen and elastin, accelerating the rate wrinkles appear
Each time you eat and drink anything sugary your teeth are under attack for around 1 hour, this is because the sugar will react with bacteria in plaque and produces harmful acids. Limit sugary foods/drinks to mealtimes only.
Here at Skipton road, we would like to help you make sensible choices, here are some sugar swap recommendations for mealtimes and in between.
Reduce sugary snacks: the risk of developing tooth decay increases as the amount and frequency of sugar consumption rises.
Brush twice a day: keeping teeth clean by regular brushing helps prevent decay. Children’s brushing should be supervised until the age of seven. Ask your dentist for more advice.
Use a fluoride toothpaste: all children up to three years old should use a toothpaste with a fluoride level of at least 1000ppm, both morning and night. From three to six years old, their toothpaste should contain more than 1000ppm. For children six years and older, the recommended amount is between 1350ppm-1500ppm.
Visit the dentist on a regular basis: ask your dentist how often you should visit and keep your appointments, if oral health problems are spotted early, then they can often be dealt with much easier. Your dentist can answer any questions you have about the best way to look after your child’s teeth.
Watch out for ‘hidden’ sugars: pure fruit juices can be a healthy choice, but the natural sugars these contain can still damage teeth. If you are offering fruit juice, drink it with a meal and only in a small glass (up to 150ml).