Watch Out for that Sweet Tooth

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. Even Canada’s revised Food Guide echoes what dental hygienists, essential health professionals, have been saying for years: the more sugar we eat, the worse off our teeth and body will be.

But there is hope! Just a few adjustments to your diet and dental hygiene routines can make a huge difference:

  • 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

Ask your dental hygienist about healthy food and beverage choices at your next appointment. Together, you can keep your smile bright for a lifetime.

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