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4 Easy Ways to Lower Your Sugar Intake to Protect Your Teeth

Posted on 3/20/2017 by Zac Bird
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When talking about dental caries, or cavities, the culprit that is always mentioned is sugar. And yes, it has been proven in study after study, that sugar causes dental caries. Reducing the amount of sugar in your diet is one of the most surefire ways to reduce the number of cavities you get.

If you read the ingredients on the labels of your food products, you realize that some form of sugar is added to almost everything; lactose, sucrose, glucose. So how do you avoid it?

Check the Labels
When you go shopping get into the habit of reading the ingredients labels on the foods you are planning to buy. Acquaint yourself with the various names that sugar can have and then look for them.

You can also read the dietary table which may be easier. Manufacturers these days are getting more sensitive to the people's desire to eat right. They will frequently have a "less sugar" variety of the same product.

Better for you is to eat more fruits and vegetables or make your own snacks. The advantage to making your own is that you know exactly what's in it.

What Dietary Changes Should I Make?

Check your snack list. Be sure you include fruits that are crunchy, like apples, which stimulate saliva and helps scrape your teeth clean. Use vegetables like carrots, cucumber, or celery as snacks. They are low in sugar and they act like apples. Drink milk and eat yogurt and cheese. They are low in sugar, lower the acidity on your mouth, and fill you up.

Instead of a soda or some other sugary drink, drink water. Water is great at cleansing your teeth between meals. That's because water is a natural solvent. You can flavor the water with fruits if you think it is too bland.

Make nuts a part of your regimen. They are not only good for your oral health due to the vitamins and minerals they contain but they also stimulate saliva production.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about ways to lower your sugar intake.

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