Drinking beverages high in sugars and acids not only affects your oral health, but your general health as well. In addition to tooth decay and cavities, sugar-sweetened beverages (SBB) can also result in other health risks including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

SBBs can “hide” sugar by disguising it as liquid and then hiding it in a bottle or can. You can’t see the sugar, so it is difficult to measure it.

At Thornton Dental, we thought we’d make it easier for you by expressing sugar content in teaspoons and grams, which we all understand!

Soft Drinks – Everyone knows these contain sugar, but that amount varies. A 355 ml can of Coca-Cola has 10 teaspoons of sugar (39 grams), while a Mountain Dew has over 11 (47 grams).

Energy Drinks – These “pep” drinks not only contain chemicals to get you up, but they also contain sugar. Red Bull (245 ml) contains 7 teaspoons (27 grams), while the larger Rockstar (473 ml) has a whopping 15 teaspoons (62 grams)

Fountain Drinks – These are big! A 7-11 Big Gulp has 32 teaspoons of sugar (91 grams), while a Super Big Gulp has a shocking 40 teaspoons (146 grams)!

Fruit Juice – Fruit juice has plenty of sugar. Golden Circle Tropical (591 ml) has 17 teaspoons (70 grams) and Snapple Lemon Iced Tea (473 ml). Even Orange Juice (591 ml) contains a surprising 12 teaspoons (48 grams)!

Milk Drinks – Milk can be a healthy choice, but it also contains sugar. Chocolate Milk (473 ml) contains 16 teaspoons (58 grams), while the “healthy” alternative, Vitasoy (240 ml) contains an unexpected 4.5 teaspoons (48 grams) of sugar!

Thornton Dental, asks you to “think about what you drink!” And try to pick healthy alternatives to sugar-laden drinks. Choose to stay healthy and live well!

Call us on (02) 4966 2996 to claim the Special Offer for New Patients – NO GAP for dental checkup & clean (with any health insurance). NO HEALTH INSURANCE? – Only $145 for Checkup, Clean & Fluoride no X-rays.

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