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Using Easy Swaps to Reduce Sugar Consumption

Sugar in many food products can increase the acid-producing bacteria in your mouth — leading to tooth decay and gum disease. With a few simple changes you can adjust your diet to help protect your teeth.

Key takeaways:

  • Unsweetened yogurts usually have lower sugar level, and you can add fruit for additional flavor.
  • Replace sodas with seltzer water, allowing you to still have a carbonated drink with a choice of flavors.
  • Make your own snacks using unsweetened nut butters like peanut to replace baked goods, which often contain added sugar.

“Dark chocolate makes a great addition to nut butter and can be combined on its own, in baked treats, or as a frozen dessert. Theobromine, a compound in dark chocolate, has actually been shown to help reduce oral bacteria, so snack on!”

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.