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Dental Tips: How much sugar is hiding in your trolley?

by | Aug 4, 2020 | Dental Health Week 2020

Dental Health Week 2020 will take place from August 3rd to August 9th, and this year’s theme is “How Much Sugar Is Hiding In Your Trolley?”

Led by the Australian Dental Association, Dental Health Week aims to educate Australians about the importance of practising good oral and general health in all aspects of their lives.

Dental Health Week 2020: 4 Key Messages

Brushing at least two times a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste.

Cleaning between your teeth daily using floss or interdental brushes.

Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet and limiting sugary and acidic intake.

Visiting your Campbelltown dentist regularly for dental check-ups and preventive care.

The main focus of this year’s campaign is on the dangers sugar may inflict into one’s oral health, aiming to help Australians to ‘get sugar savvy’.

This includes recommended daily sugar consumption levels, advice on checking food labels, and spells out the effect sugar has on our teeth.

This information is supported by three main sugar messages:

  • Avoid consuming foods and beverages with added sugars.
  • Opt for foods with less than 10g of sugar per 100g.
  • Look out for hidden sugars when buying foods and drinks.

These important messages will be reinforced through the tagline: ‘How much sugar is hiding in your trolley?’, which draws on the concept of hidden sugars and checking food labels to make healthy choices.

Making healthy choices at the supermarket means making similar smart food and drink choices at home.

Saying “no” to an unhealthy item at the store is a lot easier than continually saying “no” to it when you open the cupboard at home.

Tempting as it is to think that everyone is practising good oral health, the reality is, the oral health of many Australians is not near where it should be.

  • Less than half of Australian adults have had a dental check-up in the last 12 months
  • 53% of Australians only brush their teeth once a day
  • Nearly 40% of Australians never floss
  • 73% of teenagers are consuming too much sugar
  • Nearly half of all adults are consuming too much sugar

Get Sugar Savvy in Campbelltown

There are many different ways to access sugar information as part of Dental Health Week.

A visit to your trusted dentist at A Plus Dental is great for one-on-one advice where your questions can be answered.

Quality Dental Care in Campbelltown

At A Plus Dental, we believe in individuality, honesty, compassion, and care. We give our Campbelltown area patients, of all ages, caring, relaxing treatments in a pleasant and comfortable environment.

When you choose A Plus Dental, you take the next step towards a beautiful, healthy smile with teeth that feel great in your mouth!

We have over 30 years of combined experience and treat each of our patients with the utmost care and respect.

Call (02) 4627 3833 or visit us at Suite 3/300 Queen Street in Campbelltown.

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