Every dentist in Perth was appalled when they watched a new movie about the effects of sugar on dental health. The movie is called, “That Sugar Film.” The movie demonstrates the effects of sugar on the entire body, but dentists focus on the dental health portion because promoting good dental health is our way of life.
Filmmaker Damon Gameau decided to consume 40 teaspoons of sugar each day while doing the same amount of exercise and consuming the same amount of calories each day. Sadly, those 40 teaspoons represent the average amount of sugar that Australians consume on a daily basis.
To make the movie more interesting and to drive home a point, Mr Gameau didn’t consume any overt sugar treats. Instead, he consumed foods that have “hidden sugars” in them. These foods are considered to be “healthy” by many Australians.
The effects on his body were shocking to many watching the movie. One of the biggest “eye-openers” in the movie was seeing the amount of hidden sugar in purportedly “healthy” foods. Mr Gameau also studied the effects of sugar on others, such as a man in the US who drinks at least six cans of Mountain Dew every day.
One of the “healthy” beverages placed under great scrutiny in the movie is fruit juices. They are high in both sugar and acidity, giving the teeth and gums a destructive “double-whammy” that severely affects dental health.
The movie screened across Australia in March and is now available through services such as Netflix.
Lessons from That Sugar Film
There are two main takeaways from That Sugar Film. The first is that a lot of “healthy” foods and beverages are loaded with unhealthy sugar. The other is that Australians consume a lot more sugar than is healthy or necessary on a daily basis.
We recommend being a “label watcher” and checking the sugar content of all foods and beverages. We also recommend starting a preventative dental health program as soon as possible.