Posts for tag: Sugar

By LaRoche Dental
August 12, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sugar  

Find out the detrimental effects that sugar can have on your smile.

Did you know that a whopping 92 percent of adults in the US have had to deal with cavities? This statistic is rather shocking since Sugar cavities can be completely avoidable with the proper oral care. Unfortunately, the US has a more serious issue: sugar. From sodas and candy to hidden sugar in our breads and salad dressings, Americans are consuming more and more sugar than we may even realize. This not only spells trouble for our general health but also our oral health, as your Hollis, NY dentist Dr. Cecilia N. LaRoche sees an increase in both cavities and gum disease. So what is the danger that sugar has on our teeth and how can we protect our smiles from damage?

Why is sugar bad for our teeth?

As most of us know sugar is one of the leading causes of cavities. But how? The bacteria in our mouth thrive off certain kinds of sugar. When we consume sugar, the bacteria turns this sugar into plaque, a thin film that sits on our teeth. This plaque also contains acid, which eats away at healthy enamel and causes holes to develop over time. It’s the acid within plaque that is responsible for destroying teeth. If you’ve ever experienced a serious toothache or developed an abscess due to a cavity you can blame acid.

Can’t I just brush or floss better?

You can always create a more effective or thorough oral regime but researchers have still found that no matter how much fluoride treatment you use or more extensive oral care measures you adopt there still remains an extremely high rate of cavities. Therefore, the best way to reduce your chance of sugar-induced cavities is by cutting your sugar intake in half.

How much sugar is too much?

So how much sugar can you consume in a day? While in a perfect world we wouldn’t consume any sugar, it’s amazing how much sugar is found in our everyday foods and drinks. The World Health Organization recommends reducing daily sugar intake to only take up about 5 percent of your total caloric intake, or 25g of sugars. Reading food labels and avoiding obvious foods and beverages like sodas, fruit juices, sports drinks, baked goods and candy will go a long way to promote a cavity-free smile.

Even if you do your best to avoid sugar this doesn’t negate seeing your Hollis, NY dentist Dr. LaRoche every six months for routine cleanings and exams. If it’s time for your next visit then call LaRoche Dental today to schedule your upcoming appointment.



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