The affect sugar can have on teeth

Most people know that sugar can affect your health, it can affect parts of our body in a negative way including our teeth.

sugarSo what exactly is sugar?

Sugar is a crystallised substance that is sweet in taste, it comes from various plants, the most common is sugar cane or beets.  The substance consists of sucrose and as we know is used for sweetening our drinks and food.

One of the highest levels of is often found in fizzy drinks, the amount in some drinks is quite alarming.  Most sweets have a high content of sugar, boiled sweets especially we hold them in our mouths for longer putting a coating on the teeth, even dried fruits contain a lot of sugar and fruit juices.  Furthermore, you may be surprised to know that ketchup also can contain up to 50% sugar.   Similarly, other sauces and salad dressings, make sure you are checking the label of the food you are eating for the content.

How does it affect our bodies?

Most people are aware that this is bad for your teeth.  It is also bad for your heart, it can increase the risk of heart disease, studies have shown it can affect the way the heart pumps the blood around your body.  In addition, it plays a contribution to weight gain and tummy fat, in particular.

What effect does it have on the teeth?

It’s well known that it is bad for your teeth, it can cause caries and tooth decay.  In moderation the product is ok, but too much can lead to various problems.  In addition, to monitoring your diet, monitoring the intake in your food.  You should ensure you brush your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste to help protect your teeth too.  You should also visit your dentist and dental hygienist at least once every 6 months to help prevent future problems arising.

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