We are all guilty of over indulging in Ice Cream and Ice Lollies in this lovely weather, especially the team here at Beeston Dental Practice and Implant Clinic. Ice cream is perfect in the sun to cool us down and its an added bonus that they taste so good! In fact, why does Ice Cream and Ice Lollies taste so good? Unfortunately most Ice Creams and Ice Lollies are high in fat and filled with added sugar which is one of the leading causes of tooth decay!
Advice in the UK says children aged 11 or over and adults should consume no more than seven teaspoons/cubes of added sugar a day which is equivalent to 30 grams. Children age 7-10 years should consume no more than six teaspoons/cubes of added sugar a day (24 grams) and Children age 4-6 years should consume no more than five teaspoons/cubes of added sugar (19 grams) a day!!
Added sugar is sugar that has been added to different foods and drinks to sweeten them and make them taste nicer! It can be added by the food manufacturer, by a cook or a chef or even by you at home.
Take a look at the approximated sugar content of some out favorite Ice Cream and Ice Lollies below:
Fab Ice Lollies contain 10.5 grams of sugar
Mars Ice Cream contains 12.4 grams of sugar
Twister Ice Lollies contain 13 grams of sugar
Fruit Pastilles Ice Lolly contains 19.2 grams of sugar
A Magnum Classic contains 27 grams of sugar
However were not trying to ruin all the fun and having Ice Cream or Ice Lollies in moderation is likely to not to have an impact on your Dental Health. Following some of our top tips below will help to reduce your risk of Dental Decay:
- Brush your teeth after eating ice cream or rinse with water or mouth wash. This will help get some of the sticky sugars off the enamel.
- Avoid ice creams with extras like caramel, chocolate flakes or syrup.
- Eat ice cream at the end of a meal.
- Buy sugar-free or low-sugar ice cream instead.
- Look at alternatives to ice cream and ice lollies such as Sugar Free Jelly, Greek Yogurt or Frozen Fruit.
- Attend regular Dental Check Up's with your Dentist.
- Brush your teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste.
- Avoid rinsing your mouth after brushing and just spit the excess toothpaste out.