Posted on 16th March 2021
It will come as no surprise that Australians consume a large amount of confectionery. In fact, data from the Australian Oral Health Tracker indicates 48% of adults and 75% of children eat too much sugar.
Around Easter there are many sweet temptations (milk chocolate is approximately 45% sugar) and this is not good news for our teeth.
Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. It is 5 times more common than asthma, 4 times more common than early-childhood obesity, and 20 times more common than diabetes.
Luckily, there are delicious low-sugar options so you can treat yourself this Easter and take care of your teeth.
Oral Medicine Specialist and ADAWA treasurer Dr Amanda Phoon Nguyen shares some favourite low-sugar recipes:
8 eggs – 6 hard-boiled and peeled, and 2 beaten
500g pork sausages, split and skin removed
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon dill (dried, or double the amount if fresh)
1 teaspoon chilli flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
4 cloves crushed garlic or 1 heaped teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 cups (300g) plain flour
1 1/4 cups (125g) dried breadcrumbs (or panko breadcrumbs)
1/4 cup (60ml) milk
Neutral oil in spray bottle
1 cup uncooked short-grain white rice
3 to 4 cups dairy or unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened oat milk)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 vanilla bean, or 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
Toppings: Shredded coconut, blueberries, ground cinnamon
150g low-sugar chocolate chips (I used Noshu 98% Sugar free chocolate baking chips from Coles)
1 teaspoon neutral oil, such as coconut, hazelnut or sunflower
Add ins (optional): Shredded coconut, chilli flakes and sea salt, toasted hazelnuts
Limit snacking on sugary foods and drinks between meals.
Brush twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste and floss daily.
Make tap water your drink of choice.
Book regular check-ups with your dentist.