Hidden sugars may contribute significantly to poor oral health.
Do you watch TV cookery programmes? If you do, you will probably have noticed that very few chefs stick to health guidelines about fats and sugars and, instead, put large amounts of these in their food. This is not done out of ignorance, but from the knowledge that these are two factors which add to the enjoyment of food. Sugar appeals to our sweet tooth whilst fats tend to bring out the flavour more.
Although we are dentists, some of the staff at the Lodge Dental Suite are susceptible to the odd cake or ice cream too, so how do we avoid a diet that is high in sugar and maintain good oral health?
Unless there are specific health reasons, such as diabetes, the old saying that ‘a little bit of what you fancy does you good’ is not far off the mark. With the knowledge that we have about diet and health, most of us are able to stick to reasonably healthy diets; or so we think! The problem, for our patients from the Cheshunt, Waltham Cross and Waltham Abbey areas in Hertfordshire, is that many sugars are actually hidden in the foods.
Whilst we may hold back on adding sugar to our tea or coffee (themselves, both likely to cause stained teeth), we may, for example drink what we think is a healthy fruit juice. Closer research though, will often show that these have high amounts of added sugars.
Because we live a hectic lifestyle these days, many of us will help our way through the working day with an energy drink or two to keep us going. Often advertised as ‘sports drinks’; nearly all of these contain high levels of sugar. Even the convenience main meals that we might buy from local supermarkets often contain high levels of sugar simply because it makes it taste better.
So, what can we do to keep our teeth healthy and avoid a diet high in sugar? As we have seen, it can be very difficult and requires a little effort. The most effective way, of course is to do your own cooking. This way, you can monitor the amount of sugar that goes into your recipes.
For those of us who are time poor though, it means keeping an eye on those packets and making wise choices. In addition, of course, it is important not to neglect your daily oral cleaning and ensuring that you attend the Lodge Dental Suite in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, at least twice a year for an oral examination.
Hopefully, your diet and health regimen will have kept any problems to the minimum, but by having your teeth and mouth examined by one of our experienced dentists, any problems can be treated in their early stages before invasive procedures are needed.
To book an oral health check at our Cheshunt dental practice, please call our friendly reception team today on 01992 643 388.