Limit Sugar in Food & Drinks to Prevent Oral Disease

Did you know that monitoring the sugar content in the foods we eat and beverages we drink can help prevent oral diseases?

Sugar in the foods we eat and beverages we drink combine with mouth bacteria to make acid. This acid is what makes cavities in our mouths. The acid then can cause irreversible damage to the enamel of our teeth. Sugar also plays a role cavities.

Be cautious when consuming sugar-sweetened drinks. A sugar-sweetened drink is any beverage with added sugar or sweetener. This includes some soda, fruit juice, powdered drinks and sports drinks.

Limit your sugar intake, especially with your beverages! In the United States, studies show that Americans drink 42 gallons of sugary drinks a year and manufacturers receive more than $29 billion annually from the consumption of these products. Imagine drinking a 12-oz soda. This already contains about 45 grams of sugar while a 20-oz soda contains 75 grams of sugar. Four grams of sugar is equivalent to 1 teaspoon, and 1 teaspoon equals 4 calories. All these calories that are consumed can cause detrimental problems in the future, such as diabetes, tooth caries, and obesity.

Sugar in the foods we eat and beverages we drink combine with mouth bacteria to make acid. This acid is what makes cavities in our mouths. Keep these facts in mind and remember to limit drinking sugary beverages!