• Angela Murphy, RDH

Eat Right. Smile Bright!

Tooth decay is not necessarily caused by dietary sugar sitting on tooth surfaces BUT rather sugar in the diet depletes nutrition. It creates acidity in the mouth and intestinal track--which may lead to decay.

Most sugars in the diet are in processed foods and drink:

  • sugar & chocolate confectionary

  • cakes, biscuits, buns, fruit pies, pastries

  • puddings, fruit yoghurts, ice cream

  • table sugar

  • sugared breakfast cereals

  • fruit in syrup

  • fresh fruit juice and smoothies

  • any fizzy drinks

  • sugared milk drinks, milkshakes, cocoa

  • sugar containing alcoholic drinks

  • dried fruits e.g. raisins, apricots

  • syrups and sauces

Watch out for hidden sugars found in foods for example:

  • supermarket sushi

  • breakfast cereals (including hot cereals like flavored oatmeal)

  • Commercial smoothies (or any smoothie made with high concentrated fruit juice)

  • Low calorie drinks like coffee, energy drinks, blended juices and teas

  • All kinds of bread (even “whole grains” kinds)

  • Condiments and salad dressings

  • Tinned baked beans

  • Muffins + snack/granola bars

  • Reduced fat yogurt/flavored kefir/frozen yogurt

  • Protein bars + meal replacements

  • Frozen waffles or pancakes

  • Bottled sauces, dressings, condiments + marinades (like tomato sauce, ketchup, relish or teriyaki, for example)

  • Dried fruit and other fruit snacks

  • Restaurant foods--where sugar is used in sauces, various desserts and dressings for extra flavor

Look at the ingredients list on foods, anything ending in -OSE means sugar. e.g. maltose, glucose, sucrose, fructose etc.