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How Much Sugar Are You Really Eating?

Modern Dentistry, fluoride treatments, and preventative care alone can’t stop tooth decay when our diets are filled with sugar.

When sugar clings to teeth, bacteria feeds off of those sugars, producing an acid byproduct that wears away tooth enamel.

Studies repeatedly find that as sugar consumption increases, so do cavities. The World Health Organization’s 2014 study found that in one population, when daily caloric intake of sugar increased from 0% to 5%, the amount of tooth decay doubled.

Cut Sugar Intake In Half

After the study, The World Health Organization cut their recommendations for sugar consumption in half, from 10% of our daily caloric intake, to 5%  (and ideally, less). Currently, the average American gets 12-15% of his or daily calories from sugar – and America isn’t even the highest consumer in sugar worldwide!

Beware Of Hidden Sugars

  • Corn Syrup, Malt & Dextrose
  • Sorghum Syrup

This list is only a sampling. Keep an eye out for anything ending in “-ose,” “sugar,” or “syrup,” and educate yourself on more alternate names.

3 More Tips For Cutting Back On Sugar

  1. Read labels, and check for hidden sugars.
  2. Cook more at home so you know exactly what’s going into your food.
  3. Cut back on soft drinks, fruit juices, granola bars, yogurt, and sugary cereal in addition to regular sweets.

A Healthier Diet = A Healthier Mouth

You don’t need to cut out sugar entirely to have healthy teeth. That’s why brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits are so important! Let us know if you ever have any questions about your oral health. Our team at Provident Dentistry is passionate about helping you have a healthier, happier lifestyle!

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