Oral Health Month suggests healthy habits for sweet smile

April 18, 2022

Limiting added sugars prevents tooth decay, protects overall health

EDMONTON ZONE — April is Oral Health Month, and Albertans are encouraged to limit added sugars to prevent tooth decay and protect overall health.

Added sugars are found in processed foods and drinks and also used to preserve foods. Sugar can be added for taste, texture and colouring, but has no nutritional value. Choosing too many foods and drinks with added sugar can increase your risk for tooth decay, and contribute to other diseases, such as diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

According to Health Canada, drinks such as pop, sport, energy and fruit-flavoured drinks, along with sweetened milk and coffees, are the main sources of sugars in our diets. Other foods high in sugar are sweetened baked goods and desserts, chocolate and candy, and condiments such as ketchup and jam.

Here are some practical tips to help you limit sugar for healthy teeth and overall health:

Albertans are also encouraged to attend regular dental visits. A dentist provides the best recommendations for your oral health needs. The Canadian Dental Association recommends children see a dentist within six months of showing their first tooth or by their first birthday.

Learn more about oral health by visiting ahs.ca/oralhealth.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.