Step Away From The SugarSunday, February 22nd, 2015, 7:48 pm
We all know that too much sugar is bad for us. It is bad for our teeth and bad for our overall health. Many groups, including the American Heart Association and the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee say that reducing sugar may be more important to our health than watching dietary cholesterol.
Where does most of the sugar we consume come from? Sugary soft-drinks account for almost half of the added sugars that American’s consume each year. Snack cakes and sweets add about 31%.
There is some good news, people are consuming a little less sugar today than they were 10 years ago but the change isn’t enough. Added sugars hide in lots of packaged foods that we buy at the grocery store. Bread contains sugar (and high amounts of sodium), pasta sauce is loaded with sugar. Try reading the labels next time you go shopping, you may be very surprised to find out how much sugar is in everyday products that you never think of as “sweet”.
Of course, dentists have been warning about sugar affecting oral health for years. The bacteria in our mouths use carbohydrates like sugar as food. The bacteria feed and grow and reproduce and make acids as a by-product. These acids attack teeth causing tooth decay. We know we can’t avoid all sugars, and really we wouldn’t want to. We all have certain treats we wouldn’t want to have to give up.
But the key word to remember when consuming sugary stuff is that it should be a “treat” – not something that you have on a regular basis. If you drink soda on a regular basis try switching to water or tea instead – you might be surprised at how quickly you begin losing weight! Another bonus will be your healthy smile at your next dental checkup!
The best diet for better health and a beautiful smile – lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy and protein sources that are low in saturated fat. Don’t forget to add healthy fats like olive oil and avocado – your body needs them.
Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777 to schedule your next visit.