Dental Health Week 2020: Let’s become more ‘Sugar Savvy!’

We are pleased to once again join in on the upcoming Australian Dental Health Week celebrations! This year’s theme questions ‘How Much Sugar is Hiding in your Trolley?’ and ultimately, aims to help everyone become more “sugar savvy.”

We all know sugar is bad for us (especially for our pearly whites!), but how much sugar do you really know you are eating per day?

Sugar can hide in many everyday foods, even ones you may consider to be “healthy” or claim to have no added or refined sugars. Indeed, sugar hides in plain sight with over 50 different forms and names, all of which can cause your sugar consumption to add up very quickly. And they can all contribute to tooth decay!

Dr Hanh Vu Nguyen said "It is very interesting and useful to read nutritional labels on packaged products as they can surprise you with how much sugar each contains. The more aware we are, the easier it is to make healthy decisions."

Figures show that the average Australian is consuming up to 14 teaspoons a day, which is more than double the World Health Organisation’s recommended limit of 6 teaspoons of sugar, or 24 grams, per day.

It is not as always easy to know how much sugar we are consuming, which is why organisations including the Australian Dental Foundation and Australian Dental Association have put together several resources to help you better understand what is really in your food and drinks, so that you are within the recommended range.

As well as eating well, good oral health habits should also include brushing twice-a-day, flossing once-a-day, drinking water and seeing your dentist regularly. 

We are also proud to be partnering with leading oral health charity, the Australian Dental Foundation, to provide local residents living in the greater Eyre Peninsula region with an extended, out of hours emergency dental triage service.  Simply call us after hours at the clinic on (08) 7625 3840, or via the emergency line on 0437 733 350.

Through the generous support of Country South Australia PHN we, together with Ceduna Dental, are also supporting the Australian Dental Foundation to provide the greater Eyre Peninsula community with a tele-dentistry service – which (where appropriate) will enable our team of dentists to deliver video dental consultations online with a patient in the comfort of your own home. For more information, please visit www.dentalfoundation.org.au/home/teledentistry.html

“The rapid rise of tele-health in general has been one of the innovations, due to COVD-19 restrictions, that has proved to be a real benefit for rural and remote South Australians,” said Country SA PHN, CEO, Kim Hosking.

“Country SA PHN is pleased to be able to extend this technology to offering tele-dentistry for Eyre Peninsula communities – saving people time and increasing access to dental consults.”

Rest assured that our team or Ceduna Dental are available to support you should a dental emergency occur either during orafter hours.

Eyre Dental are dedicated to assisting you and your family in developing and maintaining positive oral health habits. If you and/or any of your family members are due to see the dentist, please give us a call on (08) 7625 3840 to book your regular dental check-up.

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