Sugar and Your Teeth

Sugar and Your Teeth

Posted on Jun 30, 2015

A new documentary is causing quite the stir and for good reasons too! That Sugar Film sees filmmaker Damon Gameau document a 60-day experiment where he consumes the same amount of sugar as the average Aussie. That’s 40 teaspoons a day.

Gameau claimed the amount of sugar in his diet was the only thing that changed: the amount of energy itself didn’t. The documentary’s primary aim is to highlight the ‘hidden’ sugars found in everyday foods.

Here’s a question for you: what would you do if you saw someone throw 10 teaspoons of sugar into their coffee? You’d have a pretty crazy look on your face, wouldn’t you?

Well that’s the amount of sugar in just one glass of Coke.

Sure, sugar is bad for your body but hey, we know we all consume it. So, in terms of your oral teeth, what can you do to minimise its impact on your teeth?

Our dentists have put together these handy tips for you:

  • If you’ve just eaten foods that are sticky (lollies, caramels, dried fruit for example), you should brush your teeth immediately.
  • For all other foods, you should wait for at least 30 minutes to pass before brushing your teeth as this gives your mouth time to produce enough saliva to neutralise acidity.
  • You should be brushing your teeth twice a day: after breakfast and just before bedtime (unless you’ve had something acidic).

If you enjoy acidic food or drinks, you may want to:

  • Swish water in your mouth to give it a rinse (we suggest tap water).
  • Chew sugar-free gum to encourage saliva production.
  • Eat some hard cheese as this can also help with the creation of saliva.

Just eat and drink wisely and you shouldn’t have too much issues. Ultimately, a lot of this just comes down to good old fashioned common sense. For example:

  • Stay away from those notoriously bad food choices such as lollipops, hard candies, cookies, cakes and so on.
  • When it comes to drinks, your best bets are water, milk and unsweetened tea. If you do have soft drinks, don’t swish them in your month to extend their presence on your teeth.

Has our blog post left you with a list of questions? Remember, you can ask our NovaDental dentists anything you’d like to. We’re here to help you to keep your teeth for life! Give us a call on 1300 549 750.