The average person eats 40kg (88lbs) of sugar a year – that’s 40 bags worth! If you’re a ‘Snack Head’ remember that constant snacking on sugary foods can seriously damage your teeth. Limit sugary foods to mealtimes only. If you need a snack between meals choose a tooth-friendly one: fruit, veggie sticks, oatcakes or toast are some suggestions.
Also, remember to keep an eye on what you’re drinking. Milk and water are the only tooth-friendly drinks. Fizzy drinks (including diet/sugar free varieties) can strip the surface of your teeth, leading to dental erosion, sensitive teeth – and a less attractive smile.
Smoothies, diluting and fresh fruit juices can also be sugary and acidic which can be harmful to teeth. Check the label for sugar content and be sure to dilute juices well. If you can’t stop drinking sugary or fizzy drinks, limit to mealtimes only and use a straw.