Say no to sugar and yes to oral health

Canada’s revised Food Guide confirms the importance of making healthy food and beverage choices for improved oral and overall health.

With its specific emphasis on reducing sugar consumption, the Food Guide echoes what dental hygienists have been saying for years: the more sugar we eat, the worse off our teeth and body will be.

As our partners in prevention, dental hygienists remind us to maintain a balanced, nutritious diet so that teeth and gums receive the nutrients that are essential to maintaining good oral health. Sugar-rich foods and drinks increase the risks of tooth decay, obesity and type 2 diabetes.  Carbonated soft drinks — high in both sugar and acid — contribute to the erosion of tooth enamel.

But taking the path to better oral health is easier than you think. It involves five simple steps:

  • Make water your beverage of choice.
  • Eat a variety of vegetables, fruit, whole grains and protein daily.
  • Avoid sugary snacks, soft drinks, fruit juices and chewy, sticky foods.
  • Brush twice a day for two minutes each time.
  • Clean between your teeth and use an antiseptic mouthwash daily.

During your next appointment, ask your dental hygienist about healthy food and beverage choices that will keep your smile bright for a lifetime.

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