These bacteria feast on the lingering sugars that you consume and, as a result, produce acids that attack your teeth. Too many bacteria can also lead to gum disease. Losing a bit of the extra sugars in your diet can go a long way in preventing these issues.
SweetsCookies, candy and soda are all favorites among most Americans. These things are also high in sugar. Avoiding these products is your best bet at cutting out a significant amount of extra sugar from your diet.
But if you can't give them up completely, at least try to limit them. And, you don't have to do it cold turkey. You can gradually decrease your intake over a set time frame.
Prepackaged foods can be particularly high in sugar, especially if they are labeled as low fat or fat free. These foods typically add extra sugar and salt to make up for the lack of flavor. Frozen pre-packaged foods are especially popular because they are easy to prepare, only needing to be tossed into the microwave.
Again, limiting your consumption, or cutting them out altogether, will help immensely. Cooking your own foods at home is a much better option. Don't have time to cook? Make meals ahead of time and store them in the freezer. Then you can take them out and reheat them as needed.
Read labels before you buy foods. Don't just look at the sugar content though. Check for added sugars as well. However, sugar is tricky, as it is not always labeled as such.
There are several other names for sugar, including corn syrup, sucrose, dextrose, malt, and maltodextrin (among others). Be on the lookout, and try to avoid foods with too much added sugar.
When you eat out, it can be difficult to gauge the sugar content in the foods, as most restaurants don't have an ingredient list or nutritional breakdown.
When eating out, you will have to do your best to make good judgements. Reading the labels of other foods in the store can give you some insight. Limiting dining out can be helpful. Instead, again, try to cook more fresh foods at home.
Fresh, whole foods that haven't been made with tons of extra added sugars can greatly help in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease. Following sweets with a glass of water will help to wash sugars away. Don't forget to brush and floss regularly and visit your dentist for cleanings and exams.
Please contact our office if you have any questions about sugars effects on your oral health.