5How sugar affects your teeth: There are millions of invisible BACTERIA living on your teeth and their favourite food is sugar!Each time you eat a sugary snack, bacteria in your mouth gobble up the sugar and turn it into ACID which is released into your mouth.
6Acid Attack!The acids released by bacteria are very strong and dissolve the enamel on your teeth.This is called an ACID ATTACK!Each acid attack lasts for 20 MINUTES until your saliva washes the acid away
16Pineapple does not contain harmful sugars! Although all fruits contain sugar, it is a natural sugar which is actually good for you and not harmful to your teeth.
17Does this have harmful sugar in it? Orange Squash?
18Squash does contain harmful sugars! Yes!Squash does contain harmful sugars!If the bottle says no added sugar this just means that no extra sugar has been added
19Does this have harmful sugar in it? Fruit flavoured water?
20Flavoured water does contain harmful sugars! Yes!Flavoured water does contain harmful sugars!Plain, still water is good for you but if fruit flavourings are added, you are simply adding sugar to it.
21How much sugar you can eat: It’s OK to have sugary snacks occasionally as your teeth can heal after being attacked by acid.But if you have lots of sugary snacks or sip sugary drinks throughout the day your teeth will always be under attack from acid!This damages your teeth and can cause tooth decay.
22Safe SnacksIt is important to eat safe snacks to protect your teeth from decay.
23Alternative foods:Instead of eating chocolate, biscuits or sweets, try healthier, safer snacks like:FRESH FRUIT: apples, bananas, pears or berriesRAW VEGETABLES: carrot sticks, celery, cucumber or tomatoesAnd bread, pasta, nuts, milk, cheese or yoghurt
24Shopping Basket Challenge! Sammy Smiles and Danny Decay have mixed up their shopping!Can you match the shopping items to the correct basket?
255 Steps to Healthy Teeth: Brush teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.Choose safe snacks like fruit & vegetables instead of chocolate & biscuits.Drink lots of water & milk instead of fizzy drinks or squash.Only have sugary foods/drinks at meal times.Visit your dentist regularly.