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If you want to make a healthy change this year, then cutting out sugar could be the challenge for you. Most of us consume far too much sugar every day, and often we aren’t even aware we’re doing it. Healthy choices that are labelled as fat-free often include a shockingly high sugar content. So, while you might think you’re making the healthier choice, this often isn’t the case.
Sugar is a huge problem for dentists and can lead to all sorts of dental problems such as cavities and loss of enamel. If you’re planning to make a healthy change this year, why not try cutting out sugar?
Eating too much sugar not only leads to weight gain, it can also lead to tooth loss. Sugar reacts with the bacteria found in plaque and creates an acid that attacks the tooth enamel. Once the enamel is eroded, this exposes the tooth and can lead to tooth decay.
If left untreated, this can lead to fillings, root canals or extraction. It’s very simple to cut down on sugar and help protect your oral health.
It is possible to consume sugar without damaging your teeth, but you have to consume it in a certain way. For example, snacking on sugary sweets throughout the day is worse than having one sweet treat after a meal. And if you decide to have a sugary drink, drinking it through a straw is much better for your teeth.
Often, when people start cutting out sugar, they feel a lot better and find an incentive to cut down further. You can still enjoy sugar, but it’s important that you do so in moderation. Don’t snack on sugary snacks throughout the day, or try chewing a piece of gum after you’ve had a sweet treat. The chewing action will encourage your mouth to produce acid-attacking saliva.
Here are some tips for cutting out sugar: