Trick or Treat – Avoid Sugar for a Healthy Smile

It is October, which means it is almost trick or treat time, but it is also breast cancer awareness month, and here at Laurelhurst Dentistry we care about your overall health. One of the easiest ways to stay healthy is to cut out sugar in your diet. Start by reducing or eliminating sugary drinks, such as soda and carbonated drinks. Many studies prove that the link between sugar can increase your risk of cancer. And we often tell patients to cut back on sugar to improve their oral health.

Sugar is a sweet treat but it can ruin your figure, mood, and teeth. It creeps into many things and adds more than just weight to our bodies. People who eat too much sugar are usually more depressed, often weigh more than those who watch what they eat. Sugar is in most processed foods, and sugary drinks, such as soda and juices.

Our doctors suggest taking steps to remove sugar from your entire families diet as well. To maintain the health of your family replace all sugar drinks, remove soda from their diet, and add more water. We love water because is a natural ingredient that can help boost your energy, cleanse your system and improve your overall health. Plus water is great for your teeth health. When you drink a lot of water, especially after a meal it can wash away stubborn food particles.
Here are reasons you should kick sugar to the curb.

Increase Obesity
Sugary drinks such as soda and processed snack are the largest source of calories in our diet. Did you know that an extra sugar drink each day can increase a child’s risk of obesity by 60%. Make sure your children are not drinking soda pop, which can lead to weight gain and other mental health problems such as low self-esteem and insecurities.

Increase Risk for Diabetes
One or two sugary drinks a day can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes by almost 25% according to Diabetes Care, 2010. The more sugar you consume the higher risk of diabetes. Limit your  family’s risk and protect your health.

Increases Tooth Decay
According to the surgeon Generals Report on Oral Health 2000, sugar and acids in soda promote tooth decay. People who eat a lot of candy and drink sugary drinks in general have more tooth decay and cavities than those who do not. This is because of the sugar that causes stains and bacteria build up on the teeth. Our doctor recommends avoiding sugar filled beverages and foods for a healthy smile and happy mouth.

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