As dentists, we understand that sugar is one of the most corrosive substances for teeth. It sticks to teeth providing nourishment for bacteria and can cause plaque. Sugar can also wear down your tooth enamel and lead to tooth decay. Many health issues arise from too much consumption of sugar and although we are primarily interested in your oral health, we care very much about your overall health as well.
The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that it may soon make major changes in the amount of added sugar that can be placed in foods and products. After being petitioned by the Center for Science and Public Interest, the FDA is considering placing a level of sugar that can’t be exceeded in a given product. The goal is to boost oral health and combat diabetes and heart disease among other health issues. (You can read the whole article here.
Think of it this way, a 20 oz. bottle of soda possesses 16 teaspoons of sugar from high fructose corn syrup. The American Heart Association recommends men should consume half that amount as your total sugar intake throughout the day and women should consume about six teaspoons. In addition, the Center for Disease Control, states that consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages among children has doubled in the past two decades of the twentieth century leading to obesity and of course, other health issues.
We will stay tuned to see what the FDA decides, but in the meantime, try to limit your sugar intake and if you do eat something sweet, make sure to brush your teeth immediately after. You can always call our office to book an appointment or with any questions 239.939.5556.