AHS: Sugar limits a grin 2023

In Canada, April is Oral Health Month. Brushing and flossing on a regular basis are beneficial practices for preventing tooth decay. However, limiting added sugar is also a crucial method for preventing tooth decay and preserving overall health.

April is National Smile Month.

Too much consumption of sweetened foods and beverages can increase the risk of tooth caries. When the microorganisms in your mouth digest sucrose, acid is produced. The tooth surface (enamel) is dissolved by the acid, which can contribute to tooth decay. In addition to adding calories without any nutrients, added sugar can contribute to the development of diseases like diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease.

In addition to being found in processed foods and beverages, added carbohydrates can also be used to preserve foods like preserves and jellies. They can be added to enhance flavor, texture, and color. Most individuals obtain the majority of their added sugars from sugary beverages. Pop, fruit-flavored beverages, flavored milks, sports drinks, and specialty coffees are some examples. Other high-sugar foods include sweetened baked goods and desserts, chocolate and candies, and condiments such as ketchup and marmalade.

The good news is that consuming less sugar reduces the likelihood of tooth decay. Here are some suggestions for limiting added sugar for dental and general health:

At the supermarket:

  • Read the list of ingredients. Sugars include all terms ending in “ose,” such as sucrose and fructose, as well as syrups, honey, molasses, fruit juice, and puree concentrate. When

If they appear first on the list, the product contains more sugar. Select these dishes less frequently.

When preparing and baking:

  • Select recipes that contain little or no added sugar.
  • Reduce the amount of sugar, nectar, molasses, and honey used in your recipes. Instead of 1 cup (250 mL), substitute 1/2 or 3/4 cup (125 or 175 mL).
  • Instead of bottled, prepackaged sauces, flavor foods with seasonings, herbs, lemon or vinegars, such as balsamic and cider.
  • Sugar is present in ready-made condiments such as sweet and sour, honey garlic, and ketchup. Use them less frequently and in lesser quantities.

At home and when dining elsewhere:

  • Consume water to satisfy your thirst.
  • Restrict sugar additions to foods and beverages during preparation and consumption.
  • Consume fewer sweetened beverages, such as soda, fruit-flavored drinks, flavored milks, sports drinks, and specialty coffees.
  • When selecting a refreshment, choose vegetables or fruits without added sugar.

April is Dental Hygiene Month. Reduce sugar for a dazzling smile!

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