Getting smart with sugar

Posted on Mar 1, 2016 in News
Getting smart with sugar

Everyone’s talking about it: Change4Life’s new free Sugar Smart app, designed to help educate children and parents in avoiding the hidden sugars that can be found in so many of your cupboard and fridge goodies.

We’re all eating too much sugar. The recommended daily maximum amounts of added sugar, in sugar cubes of 4g each, are:
4-6 year olds – five sugar cubes
7-10 year olds – six sugar cubes
11+ year olds – seven sugar cubes


Excessive sugar consumption can lead to obesity and tooth decay. According to Public Health England, in 2013, one-third of 5 year olds and almost half of 8 year olds had decay in their milk teeth, with tooth decay also found in 34% and 46% of 12 and 15 year olds respectively.

“We are eating too much sugar and it is bad for our health. Consuming too many foods and drinks high in sugar can lead to weight gain and related health problems, as well as tooth decay. Almost 25% of adults, 10% of 4 to 5 year olds and 19% of 10 to 11 year olds in England are obese, with significant numbers also being overweight. Treating obesity and its consequences alone currently costs the NHS £5.1bn every year.” – Public Health England, Evidence For Action October 2015

This easy-to-use app is well designed, engaging and fun to use for both children and adults. Once you download it for iOS or Android, it walks you through a simple step-by-step guide of how to use it and requests access to use your phone’s camera – and then you can get scanning straight away!

It can tell you immediately the overall pack sugar content (measured in 4g sugar cubes), 100g content and portion size content, where available, for over 75,000 everyday food and drink products. They are working on adding more products every day.

productsChildren love the fun, colourful design and lots of fun can be had raiding cupboards to scan more products!

To start off we picked out a few random items from our kitchen and were impressed with how clearly the information is communicated and also shocked at the results. It’s so easy to scan and compare similar products to make sure that you are choosing the best option for your family’s health. It has quickly become an essential app for everyone here at Moira Wong Orthodontics and our shopping trips will never be the same again. Highly recommended.

Moira Wong Orthodontics provides specialist children’s (paediatric) dental services and children’s orthodontics

If you have dental concerns, please make an appointment with us.
Dr. Moira Wong – Orthodontist

An exceptionally skilled orthodontist who simply loves to improve the smiles of adults and children.

Dr Moira Wong (GDC no: 67960, UK) developed an ambition to specialise in the field of orthodontics during her time as a dentistry student at the London Hospital Medical College. After graduating in 1994, she gained experience in all fields of dentistry prior to specialisation. This included working as part of the Pennstar trauma team at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr Wong’s career pathway began with a spell as a house officer in prosthetic dentistry at the Royal London Hospital, followed by senior house officer positions at the Bristol Dental Hospital. During this period she gained her fellowship in dental surgery and worked in the paediatric dentistry department, treating special needs children and addressing complicated developmental problems. She also worked with adults requiring the replacement of multiple teeth.

Returning to London to take up a position as a senior house officer in oral surgery, Dr Wong gained experience in dental and facial surgery. One of her busiest nights was helping with the suturing of patients following a national rail crash.

Dr Wong was then accepted onto the specialty training programme at Guy’s Hospital, where she spent a further three years gaining her master’s degree. She continued onto a consultant training programme at King’s College and St George’s Hospital, gaining her Fellowship in orthodontics. Currently less than 300 UK practitioners have this level of training, with just 5 to 10 people gaining the accreditation in an average year.

Today, Dr Wong has acquired an excellent reputation for her highly sophisticated work and approachable, communicative manner. Her ambition is to be recognised as nothing less than the best orthodontist in London.