Sugar is one of the leading causes of dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease. And high sugar diets have been linked to obesity and an increased risk of heart and kidney disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, as well as bone and joint problems like osteoporosis. So cutting down on sugar can have benefits all-round for your health.
Reducing sugar intake can help to improve overall health and quality of life. In addition to the physical benefits, cutting down on sugar can also improve oral health. Tooth decay is the most prevalent dental problem in Australia, experienced by more than 90% of adults at some point in their lives, and gum disease is one of the reasons behind tooth loss.
Studies have shown that oral health problems are associated with diseases elsewhere in the body, so taking care of your teeth and gums is important for overall health. So if you want to protect your teeth and overall health, it’s important to cut down on the amount of sugar you consume.
Sugar & Tooth Decay
Although sugar is a natural substance, it’s also one of the worst things you can consume if you want to protect your oral health. Sugar and tooth decay are closely connected, and the more sugary foods you eat, the greater your risk of developing cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss.
But you don’t have to avoid sugar completely to enjoy good oral health. By limiting your consumption of sugary foods and making healthier choices in general, you can significantly reduce your risk of developing dental problems later on.
Track the Sugar in Your Foods
In certain snacks like fruits, the nutritional benefits often outweigh the unwanted effects of sugar, so completely cutting out all sugar from your diet is usually not the recommended option. Sugar is naturally present in foods such as fruits.
These natural sugars are less likely to affect your risk of tooth decay if you follow a good oral hygiene routine (note that your risk of dental disease depends on your own individual circumstances). But the added sugar in certain products can be a problem, especially when consumed in excess.
Most Australians consume too much sugar. In 2019-20, as per the study conducted by ADA (Australian Dental Association) Australians consumed 14 teaspoons of white sugar every day, children and teenagers tend to have the most sugar in their diets, with almost three-quarters of 9-18-year-olds being over the recommended amount.
And while we all know that too much sugar can lead to cavities, you may not be aware of just how detrimental it can be to your dental health. Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of sugar, as their teeth are still developing and the enamel is softer and easier to damage.
Even if you brush regularly and take good care of your teeth, if you consume too much sugar on a daily basis, you’re at risk for tooth decay. So next time you reach for a sugary snack, think twice about how it could impact your teeth.
A study conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that the majority of sugar consumed in Australia is through high-sugar, low-nutrition foods and drinks. Some of the highest contributors to this sugar consumption include –
-Soft drinks and energy drinks (19%)
-Fruit and vegetable juices (13%)
-Cakes and muffins (8.7%)
-Cordial drinks (4.9%)
Therefore, it is important to be aware of the sugar content in your diet and to make sure that you are getting enough nutrients from other sources.
There’s no doubt that regular dental check-ups are crucial for maintaining good oral health. Not only do they allow your dentist to identify potential problems early on, but they also give you the opportunity to receive preventive treatments that can keep your teeth healthy and strong.
At Prodental Clinic, we recommend that our patients come in for a check-up at least twice a year. During your visit, we’ll clean your teeth and inspect them for any signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or other oral health issues.
We’ll also provide you with preventive treatments like teeth cleaning and fluoride treatment to help keep your smile looking its best. So don’t wait – schedule an appointment with us today and let us help you keep your teeth healthy and strong!