SUGAR GOES BY MANY NAMES and hides where we’d least expect it. Molasses and maltose? Sugar. Corn syrup and sucrose? Sugar. Honey and agave nectar? They’re sugar too!
We Consume a Jaw-Dropping Amount of Sugar
Sugar in some form is added to 74 percent of packaged foods, and the average American consumes 57 POUNDS of added sugar every year. That’s a lot of fuel for the harmful bacteria living in our mouths.
Children who are undergoing orthodontic treatments are particularly susceptible to this bacteria as there are so many extra nooks and crannies in their mouth during this treatment period. Food can stay trapped after meals and snacks increasing their risk for cavities and gum disease.
Sugar Versus Oral Health
Sugar has many negative health effects, but as dental professionals, we’re focused on how it impacts our teeth. Sugar consumption is closely linked to gum disease and tooth decay, and it can eventually lead to needing treatment like fillings and root canal therapy.
Cutting Back on Sugar
So how can we avoid sugar when it has so many disguises? The easiest way is to cut out sugary sodas, fruit juices, and cereals for ourselves and our kids. We should also pay attention to food labels and try to buy foods with less added sugar.
Sugary candies or gum are bad for our teeth because of prolonged exposure to sugar. The longer the sugar sits on our teeth the more damage it can cause. If you or your child wants to chew gum, look for sugar free gum with the American Dental Association (ADA) seal.
Finally, if we make more of our food from scratch, we’ll have better control of how much sugar goes into it! When you take these steps, you will not only have better oral health, but you will also feel better. Win Win!!
We can’t wait to see you and your child!
Kingsport Pediatric Dentistry provides dental services for children and adolescents in the East Tennessee Area. We strive to provide a fun, caring, and child-friendly environment. We are here to help your children form healthy oral hygiene habits and help them take care of their teeth. We are conveniently located in Kingsport at 1741 Moreland Drive. To make an appointment with one of Kingsport Pediatric Dentistry‘s doctors, please call: 423-247-1994.
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.