Sugar has 16 calories per teaspoon. That may not seem like too much, but it can add up to hundreds of calories that come without any nutritional value. Extra calories raise your risk of obesity, which in turn can lead to diabetes, and other dangerous diseases.
A 2013 study found that for every 150 calories of added sugar consumed diabetes prevalence in the population went up 1.1%. Then there’s the research linking sugar to heart disease.
A 2014 study from JAMA: Internal Medicine revealed that the more added sugar a person took in, the higher their odds of dying of heart disease. In other words, sugar is a threat to your general health
And everyone knows that sugar is bad for your teeth, leading to plaque, enamel damage, and eventually cavities – which is why here at Bondi Dental we want to be your partner in dramatically cutting back on your sugar consumption.
How Sugar Harms Your Teeth
- Tooth decay is caused by bacteria in the mouth that feeds on sugar from foods and drinks to produce acids that dissolve and damage the teeth.
- Sugar sweetened drinks, particularly, have high levels of sugar and drinking them can lead to higher levels of tooth decay.
- Tooth erosion occurs when acid attacks the teeth to dissolve the outer surface of tooth enamel.
- Regular loss of enamel can lead to cavities and exposure of the inner layers of the tooth that may become sensitive and painful.
- Cavities, in turn, can lead to cracked teeth, lost teeth, bone damage, and loss of facial structure.
How Sugar Harms Your Health
- Sugar replaces important nutrients. People who consume the most sugar have the lowest intakes of essential nutrients––especially vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, vitamin B-12, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and iron.
- Sugar causes blood glucose to spike and plummet. Unstable blood sugar can lead to mood swings, fatigue, headaches and cravings for more sugar.
- Sugar increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. The more foods containing sugar a person consumes, the higher his risk for becoming obese and for developing diabetes and heart disease.
- Sugar speeds up aging. Some of the sugar you eat attaches itself to proteins in your body. This leads to loss of elasticity found in aging body tissues.
- Sugar retards the ability to learn. Between 1979 and 1983, 803 New York City public schools reduced the amount of sucrose (table sugar) and eliminated in school lunches and breakfasts. A 15.7 percent increase in a national academic ranking followed!
- Sugar increases stress. After sugar consumption the body releases stress hormones such as adrenaline, epinephrine and cortisol. These hormones raise provide the body with a quick energy boost. But also make us feel anxious, irritable and shaky.
Avoiding Sugars in Your Diet
For a healthy lifestyle and for healthy teeth and gums, think before you consume sugar. It negatively affects your dental and general health.
For good dental health, keep these tips in mind when choosing your meals and snacks:
- Drink plenty of water.
- Read food labels. You’ll quickly realize just how often sugar is added to foods when you look for it on ingredients lists.
- beans, peas and other legumes as well as low-fat and fat-free dairy foods.
- Brush and floss your teeth regularly
- Use a fluoride based toothpaste
- Visit your Bondi Dental dentist at least twice a year.
Diet is very important. Limit your snacks. If you have to snack, choose a snack that is healthy like fruit or vegetables or a piece of cheese. Foods eaten with a meal cause less harm to teeth than snacks, because more saliva is released during a meal, which helps wash foods from the mouth and decreases the effects of acids, which can harm teeth and cause cavities. So eat a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups, including: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean sources of protein, and; dairy.
Always brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste that has the Australian Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, floss daily and visit Bondi Dental regularly. The importance of regular dental care cannot be overstated, your dentist can help prevent oral problems from occurring at all, and catch those that do occur while they are still easy to treat.
By taking advantage of these strategies, and working with Bondi Dental, you can assure yourself that too much sugar will not harm your teeth or general health!
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