Too much sugar isn’t just bad for your body, but sugar and your teeth are a combination that can wreak havoc on your smile. You can enjoy the fun of the holiday season by remembering to eat sweets in moderation. Too much sugar can lead to tooth decay and other health issues. Practice dedicated oral hygiene habits to protect your teeth from the dangers of sweets and to teach your children to do the same!
The amount of sugar Americans are now consuming is well over the recommended daily amount. Habit-forming sugar-filled foods have us in their clutches. Yes, it is addictive. How addictive? According to brain scans, sugar is just as addictive as cocaine.
A form of sugar is in almost everything we eat, but you can conquer its hold on you by taking an active role in knowing how to monitor your consumption of it. Taking action now will boost both your oral health and your overall health as well and will ripple down to how your children sugar in their lives. The relationship between sugar and your teeth can have far-reaching affects.
Is it is estimated that 130 pounds of sugar are consumed per person each year. While a little bit of sugar doesn’t do much harm, too much can negatively impact your health–and we aren’t just talking about cavities here. Sugar consumption puts you at higher risk for coronary heart disease, type II diabetes, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, cancer and obesity. The doctors at Family and Cosmetic Dentistry of the Rockies want your oral health AND your overall health to thrive–they do, in fact, relate to one another.
When it comes to sugar and your teeth, it isn’t as much the amount of sugar you are consuming but frequency and timing of consumption. Sugar from juices or sodas is able to slip between the hard to reach parts of your teeth and mouth–areas that can only be cleaned with a good flossing and even then can be difficult to remove.
Even with regular oral hygiene, sugar and your teeth are a bad combination. Left to fester on your teeth, it feeds hungry bacteria which leads to tooth decay and cavities. High-sugar-content foods deposit large amounts of sugar on your teeth that your natural saliva production can’t remove.
Diets lacking vital nutrients make it harder for your mouth to resist infection.
Since sugar is in almost everything we eat, it you can’t avoid it entirely. BUT there are things you can do to help reduce the impact of sugar on your teeth and in your diet:
If you’d like to know more about what you can do to balance sugar and your teeth health, or if you’d like to make an appointment to assess how healthy your teeth currently are, call our Fort Collins office today at (970) 223-8425. You can also reach us after office hours by submitting a contact or appointment request online using the form below.