Oral Health News

March 2017

Put your best fork forward

It’s National Nutrition Month! This March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages you to put your best fork forward! Good nutrition is a key to good oral health!

When we eat foods with sugar, the germs that live in our mouths also eat the sugar. They use that sugar to make acid. This acid eats away at our teeth, causing cavities.

By July 2018, nutrition labels will include the grams of added sugars per serving. Foods with added sugars, such as soda, sweet tea, sport drinks, cookies, candies, and other snacks can cause cavities. How often we consume sugar is more important than how much we consume (as far as cavities are concerned).

Examples of added sugars:

  • Honey
  • Nectar
  • Molasses
  • Anything ending in -ose (dextrose, maltose, etc.)
  • Ingredients ending in "sugar"
  • Ingredients ending in "syrup"

Visit fda.gov for information on all nutrition label changes. 

More resources

National Nutrition Month

What are Added Sugars?

Changes to Nutrition Facts Label