Limit Sugary Foods: An Important Tooth Decay Prevention Strategy
Posted on 5/9/2022 by Dr. Boustany
Dentists have for years fought the war against tooth decay by promoting oral hygiene among adults and kids - thanks to the use of fluoride and improved oral hygiene procedures. However, this disease remains a big health problem for many people – kids and adults alike. One of the reasons why it has become difficult to ward off tooth decay is because people eat a lot of sugary foods. In the 1970s, there was concern over the fat content found in many processed foods, therefore, manufacturers started removing fat from the products and compensated that with sugar.
People Crave Sugar
It's no secret that people love sugary foods and beverages. Even if you don't crave sugar, if you eat sugary foods and don't brush and floss properly, your oral health is at risk. Decay-causing bacteria thrive on sugar and high sugar consumption is also linked to other health problems like heart disease and diabetes.
The World Health Organization advises that people should consume less than 20 pounds of sugar annually. This translates to about 6 teaspoons every day. But consider this; one can of soda has 4 teaspoons, meaning it contains two-thirds of what is recommended for the day. If you imagine what foods and beverages you consume every day that have sugar, you will be surprised by the amount you are eating.
How to Reduce Sugar Intake
The first thing you need to do is avoid products with added sugar. From sports drinks to sodas to sweet teas and even juice, all these contain added sugar. Consider drinking sugar-free beverages or water. It is much better to consume sugar found naturally in fresh fruits and vegetables because the fiber in those items helps slow down sugar absorption in the body.
Also, shop wisely so that you don't buy products featuring other names that are ideally sugar. For example, be acquainted with other names for sugar such as evaporated cane juice or corn syrup. And don't forget to exercise your body as it is good for your health. Exercise helps the body metabolize sugar.
Visit our dental office to learn more about the impact of sugar on your dental and general health. Schedule an appointment today.