The modern American diet typically contains a high percentage of fast and processed foods which often contain sugars- even though they may not taste sweet!
Frequently on the go, we don’t often take the time to consider how much sugar is in our daily diet and how it may adversely affect our dental and overall health.
Adding in the consumption of sodas and sugary beverages- this also includes sports drinks- and most adults today are consuming much more sugar than is recommended by the American Heart Association: 9 teaspoons for men and 6 teaspoons for women. A single soda may contain as many as eight teaspoons of sugar!
This often excessive consumption of added sugars causes adverse health affects on both oral health and overall physical well being. Recent studies have shown the connection between our oral health and our overall health: it has been shown that poor dental health is linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and an increased risk of stroke. Sugars also contribute to tooth decay, cavities and gum disease, all of which can lead to complex dental and physical health issues when left untreated. It is more important then ever to visit the dentist twice per year for dental cleanings and a thorough exam!
Dr. Hoard, a general and cosmetic dentist in New Bern, educates dental patients on the many benefits of routine dental care– as well as good at home oral hygiene and a healthy lifestyle! Here are some quick tips for reducing added sugars:
- instead of another soda, have a glass of water;
- swap sugary snacks for a piece of fruit or nuts;
- reduce the amount of sugar added to tea and coffee beverages.
Regular preventive care visits enable Dr. Hoard and the caring staff of his New Bern dental practice to monitor a patient’s oral health, spotting dental problems in their early stages when conservative treatment is most effective. Regular dental cleanings also provide a thorough removal of plaque build up that brushing at home cannot achieve. Dr. Hoard will take the time to educate his dental patients on effective brushing and flossing to help them maintain optimal oral health between visits.