Most of us consume far too much sugar. If you read labels in the grocery store you’ll notice it’s in almost everything. That isn’t exactly a news flash, but at The Dental Design Center in White Plains we want to remind you what sugar does to teeth, and what you can do about it.
We get cavities when acids in the mouth attack the enamel and dentin of the teeth. The acid is produced by bacteria in plaque, that sticky film that forms on the surfaces of teeth. When sugar is introduced it interacts with the bacteria in the plaque, and makes the acids, which attack the teeth and cause cavities.
That’s why it is so important to choose food and drink wisely. But it isn’t easy, is it? Health experts say the average person in the United States consumes about 19.5 teaspoons of sugar every single day. That is twice as much as is recommended by the American Heart Association!
Knowing how much sugar is in the food that you buy is vital: not just to your teeth, but to your overall health. Reading ingredient labels on processed foods is essential.
If you have an incurable sweet tooth, you might try eating more fruit. The natural sugars in fruit aren’t as harmful as those in processed foods. If giving up sugar sounds impossible, remember this: a wise person once said that we like the things that we learn to like.
At The Dental Design Center in White Plains we care about the dental health of each of our patients. So cut back on sugar, brush and floss twice a day, and see us for a cleaning and checkup every six months. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.
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