You always hear it from your dentist and read it from almost every tooth care article you can find, avoiding sugar is one of the best way to keep your teeth strong and healthy. But what is it with sugar that makes it so bad for our teeth? Sugar has always been an essential part of the American diet. From the bread and cereal that we eat to our favorite carbonated beverages, almost everything that we consume, sweet or not, contains sugar. But the thing about it that makes sugar a tooth’s worst nightmare is that bacteria present in the mouth (Streptococcus mutans) consumes sugar to get energy, and as an end result, produces acid which harms the teeth causing cavities.

Cutting back on the extra sugar decreases your teeth’s rate of deterioration. But in times when you can not resist the temptation of eating that bar of chocolate or drink that bottle of soft drink, it is important that you should brush your teeth afterwards as soon as possible as the process of tooth decay starts instantaneously as sugar comes into contact with your teeth. Leaving your teeth soaked with sticky sugar for a long time gives the bacteria more time to produce cavity-causing acid thus more damage to your teeth.

You should take note however, that not all sugars are the same, each of which have their own respective effects on health upon consumption. There are good sugars such as those that come naturally in foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables. These are contain essential nutrients that is needed by the body. What you should avoid are those coming from carbonated drinks, candies, and other processed products.

Sugar itself is not bad for you. Sugar poses its own benefits for the human body. For instance, Saccharides found in sugar plays a major role in fighting certain diseases. Health risks come when too much of it is being consumed. According to The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, added sugar consumption should not exceed more than 8 teaspoons or about 32 grams per day on a 2000 calories per day diet, a limit which you can easily surpass by drinking a bottle of your favorite soda (See sugar content in soda).



Source by Alan Crane

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