Your Sweet Tooth Could be Harmful

June 23, 2018

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Does the thought of a sweet, gooey cookie make your mouth water in anticipation? If so, then you’re not alone, as many people love to indulge in the same delightful dessert. Unfortunately, there are consequences that come along with it, which can lead to tooth decay and several other oral health problems. So does that mean that you have to give up the delectable flavors of your favorite desserts? Your dentist in Stuart says, ‘no,’ and weighs in with some ideas on healthier alternatives that’ll help to prevent unwanted dental health issues.

Why is Sugar Bad for Your Teeth?

The problem with sugar as it pertains to your oral health is that it becomes caustic when it starts to break down. Furthermore, it’s the main source of sustenance for the harmful bacteria that lie in wait in your mouth. As the bacteria feed on the sugar, they grow exponentially, releasing acids that break down the strong exterior of your ivories – the enamel.

As bacteria accumulate, hundreds of different types of them can form into a sticky substance called plaque that clings to your teeth. It can also travel beneath the gumline to cause even more havoc. The plaque is also very acidic and contributes to a host of oral health problems, including gum disease.

There are Sugar Alternatives

Thankfully, you don’t have to forbid yourself from the tasty flavors that sweet delights provide. Your local dentist says there’s another way – sugar alternatives.

Here are two ways to satisfy your sweet tooth without enduring the dental health issues that would usually come along with consuming an abundance of sugar:

  • Alternative Sweeteners – One of the advantages of the advances in nutrition is the category of alternative sweeteners. Some of the more known options are pure honey, pure maple syrup or agave nectar. Because they are so sweet, you won’t need to use much of either of these, which translates into less exposure for your teeth.
  • Natural Fruits – Another way to sweeten your foods and beverages is with natural fruits. For example, to lessen the dental health burden of a typical apple pie, you can pre-cook the apples to release their natural sugars and then place them in the crust. This translates into you not needing to use as much processed sugar.

The moral to the story is that you don’t have to live an unfulfilling life, devoid of any pleasures. By using a little creativity and considering other options, you can enjoy life and maintain your oral health.

To learn more about ways to prevent oral maladies, reach out to your local dentist to schedule a preventive care visit today!

About the Author

A Stuart, Florida native, Dr. Amy Elizabeth Crary earned her DMD degree from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. Additionally, she has completed the Core Curriculum at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies in a host of different modalities. For nearly two decades, Dr. Crary has been providing exemplary care at Aesthetic Dentistry and can be reached for more information through her website.

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