Resolution: Less Sugar, More Smile-Care

This time of year is famous for New Year’s Resolutions. As the calendar turns over, getting a fresh start is on many of our minds. If having a healthier smile is one of your wishes forthenew year, cutting out sugar is a great place to start. But easier said than done, right? Sugar is addictive and, basically, it’s everywhere. The key is to be aware of your sugar intake and avoid consuming it when you can. Swapping sugar-filled items with healthier drinks and foods is an ideal option. If you’re ready to cut back on sugar, this blog post is going to help you out. The following post will give you some good guidelines for lowering the sugar and increasing your oral health.

In general, beware of ready meals – these will almost always have significantly higher sugar levels than their home-made counterparts.

When eating out, make a habit of choosing the cheese platter with coffee instead of pudding, and stick to water or red wine.


Avoid juice and sweetened drinks of any description. Unflavoured water (be it still or sparkling) and unflavoured milk are the only soft drinks you should have.

Switch to dextrose in tea or coffee if you are used to adding sugar.

Stick to low-sugar alcohol, such as red wine. Other dry wines, beers and spirits (if unmixed with other drinks containing sugar) are OK. Dessert wines, ports, liqueurs and mixers are not.

Regular Check-ups are Vital

Dr. Robert Harrell and his staff at Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne want to see you on a regular basis to ensure that all is well in your mouth. Regular check-ups are a vital component of maintaining a healthy smile. It can be easy to put off making appointments and tempting to reschedule them — but don’t do it. To avoid the inevitable need for restoration work later on, it is important to schedule and keep up with your regular dental visits.

The next time you’re here, tell us your favorite healthy snack recipes. We are always excited to hear what works for you so we can share the information with others. Let’s pool our knowledge and all enjoy a healthier and happier 2017.

Fruit and Your Teeth: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Fresh fruit is a great choice when you are craving something sweet. Whole, natural fruits have a lower Glycemic Index rating and can help you to feel satisfied longer so you eat less. Consuming the juices and fiber in fresh fruit or frozen fruit is a healthier option than pureed juices or dried fruits, which can provide exceptionally concentrated sugar spikes. Looking for some healthy, and tasty, fruit snack recipes? Check out these…

Baked AppleThis treat is easy to make ahead and reheat, or whip up in an instant right when you want it. Stuff the apples with oats, nuts, and just a little honey for sweetness.

Frozen Chocolate Banana

This is the perfect frozen sweet treat with some extra nutritional punch! Bananas are a great source of vitamins C and B6, and are also packed with fiber and potassium. Peel a banana, cut into two equal halves, and freeze. Once solid, take out and roll in melted dark chocolate. While the chocolate’s still melty, roll in whichever crunchy topping you like—sprinkles, nuts, and granola all work well! Return to the freezer until the chocolate is set (at least an hour). Enjoy!

Frozen Grapes

Pop a vine in the freezer for a few hours and out comes a long-lasting, slightly sweet treat packed with antioxidants and other nutrients. The biggest health boost? Resveratrol, which studies suggest may help lower levels of LDL cholesterol and promote blood vessel health.

Brush and Floss After You Eat

Getting into the habit of rinsing your mouth and brushing after meals and snacks is the best way to protect your smile. Brushing after lunch is something many people neglect to do. Dr. Harrell recommends keeping a travel toothbrush in your desk at work or in your handbag, briefcase or messenger bag so you can brush on the go.

Start the New Year off right by establishing some sensational smile habits, including consuming less sugar, brushing more often and getting regular check-ups. If there are any problems with your smile, we want to catch and correct them as early as possible.