Dietitians Day – celebrating the people who help promote healthy eating

19 September 2019

For all the well-intentioned talk about eating well and avoiding foods that are bad for us, Australians are, by and large, not eating as healthily as they could be. 

Australia’s Oral Health Tracker, a joint initiative of the ADA and Australian Health Policy Collaboration, highlights for instance that almost 50% of adult Australians are consuming too much sugar while children aged 9-13 and those aged 14-18 are eating even more, with 70.3% and 73.1% respectively including far too much sweetness in their diets. 

Events like Dietitians Day, which takes place today, play a role in highlighting to people the importance of eating well and the role that a healthy intake of food and drink, one that prioritises fruit and vegetables, dairy, grains and water, plays in keeping people’s mouths and bodies healthy.

Dietitians Day is dedicated to celebrating the people working to achieve better health through nutrition, alongside other health professionals such as dentists and allied dental professionals.

Their vital work is complementary to the efforts of professional health organisations such as the ADA who direct considerable effort to promoting the links between what a person eats and drinks and the state of their oral and general health. 

Sugars in the food and drinks we eat are taken up by certain mouth bacteria, giving them the energy to produce acid that attacks the tooth’s surface to cause decay. This is why it’s important for people to favour diets high in water and unprocessed foods, and low in foods and drinks containing sugar, especially those containing hidden sugars such as biscuits, crackers, cereals, chips and even dried fruit.

To maintain healthy teeth, the ADA advises people heed these three key tips:

1. Limit sugary treats to mealtimes, rather than between meals.

2. Drink fluoridated tap water throughout the day and after meals.

3. Chew sugar-free gum after eating can help to stimulate saliva production and rinse the mouth of food particles.
 
For more tips on keeping your teeth healthy, go to Your Dental Health