If you have a sweet tooth, you are far from being in the minority. Many of us struggle and end up consuming three times the amount of sugar each day that is recommended. It doesn’t help that sugar is lurking in so many processed foods or that there are artificial sweeteners that are just as bad for our health. The impact of excess sugar is monumental for the damage it can do to our overall health, but it is equally as dangerous for your dental health. Tooth decay even in young children is a testament to the dangers of sugar in our diets.
There are a few things you can do to reduce your intake of sugar without sending your sweet tooth into shock. Even a few modifications can help, such as paying attention to labels and deciding if satisfaction you’ll feel is worth the sugar amount shown on the label. Swap out water or 100% fruit drinks for other sugary drinks. If you bake, try swapping unsweetened applesauce for the sugar in the recipe and add plenty of robust flavorings such as cinnamon and ginger to trick your taste buds. Try to opt for fruits when you’re craving something sweet. Keep a record of your sugar consumption, so you can make a conscious effort to cut back over time.
As for your dental health, have xylitol gum or mints after a meal, as xylitol actually interferes with the development of tooth decay because of its anti-cariogenic properties. It also stimulates saliva, which helps prevent tooth decay by cleaning your teeth to a degree while preventing dry mouth, which can have dental consequences. And, most importantly, see your dentist regularly for dental checkups and cleanings. If you have a profound sweet tooth, an extra visit a year won’t hurt.
Here at Amberwood Dental Centre, we care about your dental health, so we’re happy to help you wage war against the effects of a sweet tooth. Hopefully, for overall health, you’ll be successful at reducing your sugar consumption, but if not, we’re here to at least make sure your dental health is as good as possible.