The typical modern American diet often contains a high percentage of fast and processed foods which can contain hidden added sugars- even though they may not taste sweet!
Busy and on the go, we don’t often take the time to consider how much sugar is in our daily diet and how it may adversely affect our dental and overall health.
Adding in the consumption of sodas and sugary beverages- this also includes sports drinks- and most adults today are consuming much more sugar than is recommended by the American Heart Association: 9 teaspoons for men and 6 teaspoons for women. A single soda may contain as many as eight teaspoons of sugar!
This “invisible” consumption of added sugars causes adverse health affects on both oral health and overall physical well being. Recent studies have shown the connection between our oral health and our overall health: it has been shown that poor dental health is linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and an increased risk of stroke. Sugars also contribute to tooth decay, cavities and gum disease, all of which can lead to complex dental and physical health issues when left untreated. It is more important then ever to visit the dentist twice per year for dental cleanings and a thorough exam!
Dr. Richard Van Gurp, a Charlotte family and cosmetic dentist, and his staff educate their dental patients on the many benefits of routine dental care– as well as good at home oral hygiene and a healthy lifestyle!
There are easy ways to begin to reduce the amount of added sugars consumed daily: reduce the amount of sugar added to coffee and tea, replace soda with a glass of water, or snack on fruit and nuts instead of cookies or baked goods!
Dr. Van Gurp stresses the importance of regular preventive care, which enables him to keep an eye on a patient’s oral health, spotting dental problems in their early stages when conservative treatment is most effective. Regular dental cleanings and exams also provide a thorough removal of plaque build up that brushing at home cannot achieve.
Dr. Van Gurp will take the time to educate his Charlotte area dental patients on effective brushing and flossing to help them maintain optimal oral health between visits.