Nov 5, 2007

Does Sugar Really Harm Teeth?

I thought it might be helpful to give you some nutrition tips to help keep you teeth healthy. Not the obvious things, like brushing, flossing and such, but things related to eating and food.

Sucrose, or white sugar, is found in sugar cane, sugar beets, maple syrup, molasses, pineapple and many other foods, even those considered to be healthy. It is very sweet, and hidden in too many of our foods. 


Look at labels, you'll find it in condiments like ketchup, mayonnaise, some salad dressings, and even in baby foods...as if to start getting the little ones addicted to sugar from the start! Some sources say that the average American eats more than 100 lbs of sucrose in a year....that's about 20 5 lb. bags of sugar.

Developing an addiction to sugar is NOT good for the teeth. It encourages tooth decay which is not new news to most, I'm sure, but we all need reminders.


Updated 1/29/16

Be sure to brush you teeth at least twice a day...especially just before bedtime. I put a drop of Tea Tree Oil on my toothbrush with the toothpaste every few days as this is a powerful natural antibacterial, and it's bacteria that eat away at those teeth.

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