There’s no denying it: You eat too much sugar.
And it’s not just you: Your friends, your family, and especially your children all consume enough refined sugar each year to sweeten a swimming pool of Kool-Aid. And that’s no exaggeration: Americans consume about 150 pounds of refined sugar annually.
Not only is that contributing to a national obesity epidemic, but it’s also wrecking our children’s smiles.
Refined sugars are the biggest contributor to tooth decay in children and teenagers. If you’re raising a family of your own, then you may already be aware of that youthful craving for the sweeter things in life. It’s a hard habit to break once it’s started, and can have lasting consequences for the types of foods we eat as adults.
What you may not know is where those refined sugars are really coming from. Sure, soft drinks and candies are the ones that immediately come to mind, but they aren’t the primary source of refined sugars in your family’s diet.
That dubious honor goes to processed foods. Prepackaged “convenience” foods from the frozen foods section of your local supermarket, and their fast food counterparts, are the number one refined sugar delivery method for American youth. Nearly one third of children and teenagers suffer from some form of tooth decay, which can be directly linked to the acids produced by the mouth bacteria that feeds on those sugars.
If untreated, either at home or at your San Antonio dentist’s office, then those bacteria can develop into full-blown gum disease, or accelerate the formation of cavities. Soon, it’s only a matter of time before you’re weighing your options over a root canal or even a tooth extraction.
In the interest of National Children’s Dental Health Month, I want to take this moment to discuss with you the many ways you can prevent those easily avoidable problems from ever rearing their ugly heads at all – or at the very least, help you to contain the damage until you can come see me.
Reducing Sugar, One Step At A Time
I hope you’re sitting down for this, because the following steps I’m about to go over with you might sting a little. Change is never easy, but when it’s required, you don’t have a choice.
- Cut out the drive-thru – As I just mentioned, the biggest contributors to your family’s refined sugar intake are fast and frozen foods. Even foods that aren’t frozen but are wrapped in more layers of plastic than there are food should be treated suspiciously. The sooner you can replace them with healthier, whole foods options, the sooner you can turn the tide against sugar (and help reduce your family’s collective waistlines!).
- Say no to sugar water – Eliminating soft drinks might not be enough, because if you look at what your family is gulping down these days, the chances are good that even if it isn’t a Coke or a Pepsi, it’s still loaded with refined sugars. Energy drinks, even those seemingly innocent sports drinks or so-called Vitamin Water, are loaded with sugars that can contribute to bacterial growth.
- Look to alternatives – Thanks to modern food technology, you can finally have your cake and eat it, too! Sugar substitutes like stevia have risen in popularity for good reason: they offer the same taste as refined sugar but without the obvious drawbacks. And some substitutes, like all-natural xylitol, can actually reverse tooth decay!
- Schedule a teeth cleaning – By taken care of those above tasks, you’re making great strides to preserve the health of each and every smile in your household. But it is only part of a larger equation that only be completed with quality dental care. Combining the two will prove to be an unstoppable force that refined sugar just can’t beat! Scheduling semi-annual cleanings and examinations will reinforce the good habits you’re trying to enforce at home.
You know how important it is to have a healthy and attractive smile, so you must do your best to ensure all of your loved ones can have such an advantage. Otherwise, you could be jeopardizing their quality of life just because you don’t want to change the role that sugar is playing in your life.
Together, we can break the hold that refined sugar has on your family’s diet. I invite you to call me at 210-819-5233 to make your smile-saving appointment, or to fill out an online questionnaire to request an appointment through this website.