The average American diet often contains a high percentage of fast and processed foods which can contain added sugars- even though they may not taste sweet! The holiday season often means a significant increase in sugary sweets and drinks!
Often busy and on the go, we don’t take the time to consider how much sugar is in our daily diet and how it may adversely affect our dental and overall health.
Taking into account 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 excessive consumption of added sugars can cause adverse health affects on both oral health and overall physical well being. Recent scientific 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. Cappy Sinclair and his staff at Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry in Virginia Beach educate their dental patients on the many benefits of routine preventive 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;
- substitute sugary snacks with a piece of fruit or nuts;
- reduce the amount of sugar added to tea and coffee beverages.
Routine preventive care visits enable Dr. Sinclair 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. Sinclair and his staff will take the time to educate his dental patients on effective brushing and flossing to help them maintain optimal oral health between visits.