Archive for January, 2016

The link between your teeth and your lifestyle

13th January, 2016

Our lifestyle choices affect our general health, but what some people don’t realise is oral health is also affected by our habits and what we consume. A healthy diet is important for your teeth A healthy diet means foods from different groups, including fruit and vegetables, starchy foods such as rice, pasta, bread and potatoes, some protein-rich food such as fish, meat, eggs and lentils and some dairy too. Limiting your sugar intake is also very important in helping to prevent tooth decay. Have sugary food and drink only at mealtimes and don’t eat sugary snacks between meals.

If you want to keep your teeth as white as possible you should try cutting out substances that can stain them this includes Wine, cigarette smoke, tea and coffee can all discolour teeth. Keep these to a minimum or cut them out completely to help prevent your teeth from becoming stained.

It should come as no surprise that smoking affects your teeth and gums in a bad way. It makes your teeth turn yellow, causes bad breath and increases your risk of gum disease, breathing problems and lung cancer. If you smoke 20 or more cigarettes a day, you’re six times more likely to develop mouth cancer than someone who doesn’t smoke. Excessive consumption of alcohol has also been linked to an increased risk of developing mouth cancer. Alcohol can also erode the enamel on the outside of your teeth, leading to decay. If this happens, you may need to go to the dentist for a filling.

Research has shown that mouth cancers are more common among people over 40, particularly men. It is also becoming more common among younger people and women. Mouth cancer can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat. It can appear as a painless mouth ulcer that does not heal normally. Less often, a white or red patch in the mouth may develop into a cancer.

It is important to see your dentist on a regular basis so they can check for any changes in the mouth or for early signs of decay



Be Aware Of Hidden Sugars In Your Diet

Have you ever wondered how much sugar is in the foods and drinks we consume? Not many of us will take too much notice about the amount of sugars in our favorite snacks and teatime treats but maybe we should.

When sugar reacts with the bacteria in plaque, the acids which are formed attack the teeth and destroy the enamel. If this occurs often, the tooth enamel may break down, forming a hole or ‘cavity’ and causing tooth decay. This almost always leads to fillings and could even result in teeth having to be extracted.

See below for sugar values-




Product Amount per 100g Sugar Content in Teaspoons
Chocolate Digestive 29.2g 1.2 tsp (5.1g per biscuit)
Chocolate Wafer-Fully coated 34.7g 2.62 tsp (10.49g per biscuit)
Custard Cread Biscuits 29.8g 0.87 tsp (3.5g per biscuit)
Digestive Biscuits 16.6g 0.63 tsp (2.5g per biscuit)
Gingernuts 31g 0.77 tsp (3.1g per biscuit)
Jaffa Cakes 52g 3.25 tsp (13g per two buiscuits)
Rich Tea Biscuits 20.1g 0.42 tsp (1.7g per biscuit)
Savoury 5.3g 0.05 tsp (0.2g per biscuit)
Shortcake 16g 0.53 tsp (2.1g per biscuit)




Product Amount per 100g Sugar Content in Teaspoons
Bounty 2 Bar Pack 57.8g 8.23 tsp (32.9g)
Chrunchie 61.7g 6.18 tsp (24.7g)
Kit Kat 47.8g 0.75 tsp (3g per two finger)
Liquorice Allsorts 61.9g 0.93 tsp (3.7g per sweep)
Mars Bar 68.1g 10.7 tsp (42.6g per bar)
Milk Chocolate 52.8g 2.2 tsp (8.8g per three squares)
Milky Way 2 Bar Pack 72.4g 7.93 tsp (31.7g)
Pepper Mints 56.8g 1.2 tsp (4.8g per sweet)
Plain Chocolate 46.8g 1.95 tsp (7.8g per three squares)
Snickers Bar 54.5g 7.9 tsp (31.6g)
Toffees 37.4g 0.78 tsp (3.1g per sweet)
Twix 2 Bar Pack 64.5g 9.5 tsp (38g)


Tinned Vegetables


Product Amount per 100g Sugar Content in Teaspoons
Baked Beans 5g 2.58 tsp (10.3g per half a tin)
Peas 1.7g 0.33 tsp (1.3g per 80g serving)
Sweetcorn-Kernels 3.9g 0.63 tsp (2.5g 1/4 can)


Soft Drinks

Product Amount per 100g Sugar Content in Teaspoons
Blackcurrant 9.7g in concentrate 1.23 tsp (4.9g per 250ml serving)
Cranberry Juice 11.6g 7.25 tsp (29g per 250ml serving)
Coca Cola 10.6g 6.63 tsp (26.5g per 250ml serving)
Ginger Ale 9.1g 5.63 tsp (22.5g pet 250ml serving)
Lemonade 3.5g 2.2 tsp (8.89g in 250ml serving)
Lucozade Sport 3.5g 4.38 tsp (17.5g per 500ml bottle)
Milkshake Powder 91.1g 6.95 tsp (27.8g 25g in 200ml S/S milk)
Orange Squash 13g in concentrate 1.63 tsp (6.5 in 250ml serving)
Tonic Water 5.1g 3.2 tsp (12.8g per 250 ml serving)



Product Amount per 100g Sugar Content in Teaspoons
Tin Tomato Soup 4.9g 2.45 tsp (9.8g in half a tin)
Packet Minestrone 2g 1.25 tsp (5g as prepared)




Product Amount per 100g Sugar Content in 15g serving
Chocolate Spread 50g 1.88 tsp (7.5g)
Honey 84.7g 3.18 tsp (12.7g)
Jam 52.3g 1.95 tsp (7.8g)
Lemon Curd 53.7g 2.03 tsp (8.1g)
Marmalade 66g 2.48 tsp (9.9g)
Syrup 80.5g 3.1 tsp (12.4g)
Treacle 64g 2.4 tsp (9.6g)
Peanut Butter-smooth 6g 0.23 tsp (0.9g)




Product Amount per 100g Sugar Content in Teaspoons
All Bran 22g 1.75 tsp (7g per 30g serving)
Branflakes 22g 1.75 tsp (7g per 30g serving)
Cornflakes 8g 0.63 tsp (2.5g per 30g serving)
Muesli-swiss style 23.1g 2.6 tsp (10.4g per 45g serving)
Rice Crispies 10g 0.75 tsp (3g per 30g serving)
Shreddies 14.9g 1.5 tsp (6g per 40g serving)
Shredded Wheat 0.9g 0.01 tsp (0.4g per 45g serving)
Special K 17g 1.25 tsp (5g per 30g serving)
Sugar Puffs 36.3g 2.65 tsp (10.6g per 30g serving)




Product Amount per 100g Sugar Content in Teaspoons
Chocolate Fudge Cake 30.2g 6.6 tsp (26.4g per 1/8 cake)
Country Slice 41.6g 3.18 tsp (12.7g per slice)
Madeira Cake 30.8g 6.7 tsp (26.5g per slice)
Scones – Fruit 22.4g 2.3 tsp (9.2g per scone)
Sponge Cake with Jam 36g 3.7 tsp (14.8g per 1/6 cake)




Product Amount per 100g Sugar Content in Teaspoons
Creamed Rice Pudding 9g 3.05 tsp (12.2g per pot)
Fruit Cocktail in Juice 13g 4.35 tsp (17.39g 1/3 can)
Fruit Yoghurt 8.6g 2.7 tsp (10.8g per pot)
Jelly 15g 5.05 tsp (20.2g 135g pot)
Ice Cream Sauce 66.8g 2.5 tsp (10.3g per 15g serving)
Ice Cream – vanilla 21g 2.5 tsp (10g 2 scoops)
Instant Custard 6.9g 3.05 tsp (12.2 1/4 pint)
Instant Dessert Powder 53.9g 2.9 tsp (11.6g per 92g serving)




Product Amount per 100g Sugar Content in Teaspoons
Drinking Chocolate 58.1g 4.08 tsp (16.3g) in water
Horlicks 37.7g 4.78 tsp (19.1g) in S/S milk
Ovaltine 37.2g 2.33 tsp (9.3g) in water


Sauces & Pickles


Product Amount per 100g Sugar Content in Teaspoons
Brown Sauce 19g 0.5 tsp (2.0g)
Salad Cream 17.5g 0.65 tsp (2.6g)
Sweet Pickle 23.9g 1 tsp (4g)
Tomato Ketchup 23.7g 1 tsp (4g)