Perhaps you’re still plowing through piles of Halloween candy and wondering if your teeth will recover in time for the Christmas chocolate onslaught! Or maybe you’re wondering just how all that sugar is affecting your child’s oral health. The fact is that even when we try to avoid sugary treats, there are certain times of the year when it’s impossible not to succumb to the baking and chocolatey delights we’d normally stay far, far away from. If your willpower is super strong and you’re able to walk straight past a dish of Turtles and dive into a bowl of veggie, good for you! But for those of us who just can’t seem to go a day without reaching for a sugary snack, it might be time to rethink our choices.
Sugar Doesn’t Just Impact Our Oral Health
Most of us realize that overindulging in high sugar foods can cause us to gain weight around the middle and increase our risk for diabetes. But a high sugar diet doesn’t just put us at risk for diseases like diabetes, it puts our entire body in a state of inflammation as soon as the sugar hits the bloodstream. And how does a body perform when trying to control inflammation? Really poorly. Our immunity is lowered and our risk of developing Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and colon cancer is dramatically increased. Referred to as “the fires within,” chronic inflammation damages all tissues in the body and contributes to premature aging and a host of other physical ailments.
What Does Sugar Do To Teeth?
You may be shocked to know that oral bacteria feeding on sugar can release acids in as little as 20 seconds, and those acids stay on your teeth eating enamel for approximately 30 minutes. That’s plenty of time to weaken the tooth and begin the stages of tooth decay. And if sugar is being consumed regularly throughout the day, teeth are literally under a constant bombardment of acid, making the risk of tooth decay a fast reality. Staying away from sugar — or limiting your exposure to it to once a day, really is the best way to not only keep teeth healthy but to keep your body in optimal condition. And if you just can’t stay away from a sugary treat, make it just that – a treat, and don’t forget to brush and floss afterwards or rinse your mouth well with water to help reduce the severity and longevity of acid production.
Worried that your teeth may not be in the best possible condition? Want to start 2017 with your best smile every? Contact the team at Ranchlands Dental about a smile makeover online or by phone at (403) 239-5212