The human body is akin to a piece of machine which will perfectly work on its own if you fuel it the right way. Apart from being the main culprit of the the obesity epidemic hitting First World countries, it turns out that sugar is also contributing to increased incidence of tooth decay. Here at our Pennsylvania dental practice, it is our ultimate goal to help you smile with confidence through healthy teeth and gums!
Want Some Acid, Dude?
We’re not talking about acid of the addicting kind here. By and large, the key to maintaining your teeth and gums into good shape is to limit your sugar intake and simply reduce the desire to eat sweets. And it’s not just about skipping dessert, it also means putting a halt to too much carbs (which is actually sugar!) in your diet, particularly those which are heavily processed.
A high-sugar diet produces acid-loving byproducts in your mouth and if you’re not aware of it yet, acid slowly destroys your teeth’s outermost protective covering — the enamel. By the time the acid has soften the enamel, brushing right after eating could actually make matters worst — the bristles from your toothbrush would strip your teeth off the softened enamel.
Sugar-Free Doesn’t Exactly Mean Worry-Free
While going-sugar free is thought of as a healthier alternative to sugar-filled products, it turns out that despite lesser amounts of sugar, the acid in diet-free sodas and drinks could still destroy your enamel.
Because They’re Starting Young!
The soda consumption in America has increased to alarming levels even amongst children and teens. It turns out that 1 in 5 American children drink soda every day. As a result of this staggering statistics, the American Academy of Pediatrics created this set of guidelines for soda consumption amongst children.
So when it comes to choosing what you eat, keep in mind that you eat to fuel your body. Most food products that are heavily laden with processed sugar are actually low in nutrients and will only make you feel full for a shorter amount of time.
Visit our clinics at the Holy Redeemer Hospital and Heritage Gateway Building for more tips on how to limit sugar intake for your tooth’s sake. Call us at 215.938.7860 or 267.247.5489 for an initial consultation. You can also opt to fill out this appointment request form. We look forward to your visit!