That is the question the Australian Dental Association is asking the community as part of this year’s Dental Week from August 3-9.

Sugar is hidden in many foods on our supermarket shelves and goes by more than 50 different names such as sucrose, rice malt, palm sugar and maltodextrin.

Couple this with our love for fruit juices and soft drinks, sugar can be hard to detect, causing devastating impacts on our oral health.

It is important we pay attention to the sugar we may be inadvertently ingesting by reading food labels to make healthy choices at home.

It is recommended that people:

•    Consume no more than six teaspoons (24 grams) of free sugar per day as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).
•    Choose foods with less than 10 grams of sugar per 100 grams.
•    Look out for hidden sugars when purchasing foods and drinks.
Tempting as it is to think that everyone is practicing good oral health, the reality is that the oral health of many Australians is not where it should be.

•     Less than 50 per cent of Australians adults have had a dental check-up in the last 12 months.
•     53 per cent of Australians brush their teeth only once-a-day.
•     Nearly 40 per cent never floss or clean between their teeth.
•     73 per cent of young people (14-18 years) are consuming too much sugar.
•     47 per cent of adults (18+ years) are consuming too much sugar.

More statistics on the oral health of Australian children and adults can be found in Australia’s Oral Health Tracker.

For more information about Australian Dental Week, visit https://www.ada.org.au/Dental-Health-Week-2020/Home

 

– Contributed by Australian Dental Association

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