Have you ever wondered how much sugar is in the foods and drinks we consume? Not many of us will take too much notice about the amount of sugars in our favourite snacks and teatime treats but maybe we should.

The effects which added sugars are having on both our general and dental health can be highly damaging, especially when consumed frequently.

When sugar reacts with the bacteria in plaque, the acids which are formed attack the teeth and destroy the enamel. If this occurs often, the tooth enamel may break down, forming a hole or ‘cavity’ and causing tooth decay. This almost always leads to fillings and could even result in teeth having to be extracted.

To uncover some of the sugary secrets in our top snacks and drinks, we at Dental Helpline have to put together a few short tables revealing exactly how much sugar you will find in them.


Product Amount per 100g Sugar Content in Teaspoons
Chocolate Digestive 29.2g 1.2 tsp (5.1g per biscuit)
Chocolate Wafer-Fully coated 34.7g 2.62 tsp (10.49g per biscuit)
Custard Cread Biscuits 29.8g 0.87 tsp (3.5g per biscuit)
Digestive Biscuits 16.6g 0.63 tsp (2.5g per biscuit)
Gingernuts 31g 0.77 tsp (3.1g per biscuit)
Jaffa Cakes 52g 3.25 tsp (13g per two buiscuits)
Rich Tea Biscuits 20.1g 0.42 tsp (1.7g per biscuit)
Savoury 5.3g 0.05 tsp (0.2g per biscuit)
Shortcake 16g 0.53 tsp (2.1g per biscuit)



Product Amount per 100g Sugar Content in Teaspoons
Bounty 2 Bar Pack 57.8g 8.23 tsp (32.9g)
Chrunchie 61.7g 6.18 tsp (24.7g)
Kit Kat 47.8g 0.75 tsp (3g per two finger)
Liquorice Allsorts 61.9g 0.93 tsp (3.7g per sweep)
Mars Bar 68.1g 10.7 tsp (42.6g per bar)
Milk Chocolate 52.8g 2.2 tsp (8.8g per three squares)
Milky Way 2 Bar Pack 72.4g 7.93 tsp (31.7g)
Pepper Mints 56.8g 1.2 tsp (4.8g per sweet)
Plain Chocolate 46.8g 1.95 tsp (7.8g per three squares)
Snickers Bar 54.5g 7.9 tsp (31.6g)
Toffees 37.4g 0.78 tsp (3.1g per sweet)
Twix 2 Bar Pack 64.5g 9.5 tsp (38g)

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Oral Health Foundation

The Oral Health Foundation is a charity that works to improve oral health by providing education, advice, and support to millions of people every year, changing lives for the better. Our mission is to support others in achieving a healthier life through better oral health. Our vision is to live in a world where everybody has a healthy mouth and is free of dental disease. Poor oral health can have a harmful and devastating effect on a person’s life – both for their physical health and mental wellbeing. We are determined to help more people achieve good oral health and have a better quality of life. Sadly, oral disease remains common, across the life course. We are taking the challenge to reduce the harm caused by poor oral health and the responsibility to create a healthier future for everybody. We do this because we believe that everybody deserves to have good oral health. To make sure this happens, by 2024, we will:

    • Work towards decreasing the prevalence of oral disease across communities.
    • Increase the number of people accessing our help and information services.
    • Diversify our range of resources to reach more communities.
    • Successfully campaign for policies which help people achieve healthier lives.
    • Generate new and nurture existing income streams that enable us to deliver our charitable objectives.

We are going to achieve success by:

    • Running awareness campaigns like National Smile Month and Mouth Cancer Action Month.
    • Giving anybody who needs it direct support through our Dental Helpline.
    • Influencing policy on subjects like dental access, sugar, and tobacco.
    • Providing consumer advice on oral health care products and working alongside manufacturers to make sure products do what they claim to do.
    • Creating resources and information that communicates positive oral health messages.
    • Working alongside others who share our passion for health and wellbeing.

To find out more about us, visit our website at https://www.dentalhealth.org/

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