By reducing the amount of sugar we consume daily and developing good dental hygiene habits, we can keep cavities at bay
and enjoy better overall health.
Where to Start?
- Read labels; “-ose” ingredients are high in sugar and should be avoided.
- Cut back gradually on added sugar until you can eliminate it altogether.
- Stop buying sugary cereals and drinks like sodas, energy drinks, and fruit punches.
- Set a daily limit on treats for your kids; a glass of water helps rinse away sugar after eating.
- Choose healthy snacks like apples, cheeses and plain yogurt. Canada’s Food Guide has great suggestions!
- Brush twice a day for two minutes each time.
- Clean between your teeth and use an antibacterial mouthwash daily.
A healthy diet can include some sugar, but moderation is key.
5 Simple Ways to Conquer Those Sugar Cravings
- Make water your beverage of choice
- Eat a variety of crunchy vegetables and fruits daily
- Cook at home more often, using fresh, unprocessed foods
- Use unsweetened applesauce instead of sugar when baking
- Pack snacks ahead of time to avoid temptation
Ask your dental hygienist about healthy food and beverage choices at your next appointment. Together, you can keep
smiles bright for a lifetime.