It’s official—Americans eat too much sugar. According to a new U.S. government report the average American consumes 22 teaspoons a day! New guidelines stress that we need to cut down on our sugar consumption. In addition to increasing the likelihood of getting type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, sugar wreaks havoc on your teeth. Sugar is the basic fuel for all living things. This includes humans and also harmful bacteria that live in our mouths.
When too much sugar is present in our mouth, these bacteria thrive and churn out harmful acids as a byproduct of their sugar consumption. It’s this acid that destroys our tooth enamel and can lead to cavities over time. So, the more we cut down on sugary foods, the less chance bad bacteria have of harming out teeth. Try replacing sweets with healthier alternatives, like sugar-free yogurt. Using natural alternative sweeteners like stevia instead of sugar in your coffee will dramatically cut down on tooth decay over time.
If your teeth have suffered as a result of too much sugar, call to make your appointment today at 207-773-6331. We’ll help give you a great smile and restore your oral health.