When too much sugar isn't sweet
Did you know that according to a Health Survey, Australians consume approximately 14 teaspoons of added white sugar each day? That’s almost double the amount of the World Health Organisation’s recommendation. Researchers conducted by Sydney University revealed three-quarters of Australia teens are eating well over the daily-recommended dietary intake of sugar. No wonder as a nation we are more obese, not to mention all the damage sugar is doing to our teeth.
It might be easy to cut out obvious sugars, for example, fizzy drinks which usually have between 7 to 10 teaspoons of sugar in a can—but what about all those foods contain hidden sugars in canned goods, sauces, dressings, smoothies and frozen yoghurts?
One of the more disturbing trends we’ve witnessed over recent years is the number of children who haven’t had their adult teeth emerge yet, come into the clinic requiring fillings. Sugar is a large contributor to tooth decay. Exactly the same way sugar can give you an energy hit, it has a similar effect on the bacteria in your mouth and becomes plaque. Sugar has the same result on the plaque as yeast does on bread; it an aid that causes it to grow and spread. Plaque sticks to tooth enamel. It’s almost like glue, which means you really need to work hard at keeping it under control.
It’s not simply the amount of sugar you consume; it’s the type of sugar. Sugary drinks such as soft drinks and juices can penetrate every tiny groove or gap in your teeth and gums. No matter regular your brushing and flossing routine, it can be difficult to ensure you are able to remove all traces of bacteria.
Tooth cavities can be prevented, even those, which are caused by consuming sugar if follow the following steps:
- Reduce the number of fizzy drinks and juices you drink, if you can stop having them altogether, it will be hugely beneficial.
- If you are consuming high sugar snacks or drinks, brush your teeth immediately afterwards or at least rinse your mouth.
- Aim to brush and floss twice daily.
- Make an appointment with A Better Smile Dental Care.
If you’re embarrassed by the state of your smile due to excess sugar consumption, talk to our friendly team at A Better Smile. We’re conveniently located in two great locations in Sydney, the CBD and Lane Cove. There’s no judgement here, no matter what condition your teeth are in, we’ll work with you to recover your smile. Don’t wait another day. Talk to one of our dental surgeons to start your journey back to a brighter, whiter smile and better oral hygiene.
Book a consultation with A Better Smile Dental Centre and receive expert advice from our dentists. We will help you choose the best treatment or suggest an alternative option that will suit your smile.