Family dentistry focus: Hidden sources of sugar and what this means for your teeth

Family dentistry focus: A photo of sugar cubes and a spoonWhen you’re looking out for your family and their dentistry needs, one easy way to help ensure their oral health is top notch is by limiting sugar intake. Sure, tasty treats such as candy, cookies and ice cream come to mind immediately. But some other cavity-causing culprits may be hidden within more foods than you think.

For instance, did you know that pasta sauces can be laden with sugar? It doesn’t matter whether you’re indulging in the alfredo or marinara varieties, even though they’re not sweet, they’re high in sugar, with up to 12 grams of sugar per a half-cup serving.

Other foods high in hidden sugars may include:

  • salad dressing;
  • cereal and oatmeal;
  • granola bars;
  • tea;
  • sports drinks;
  • packaged and dried fruit; and
  • yogurt.

A good rule of thumb: When available, check the label. The American Heart Association recommends no more than six teaspoons of sugar a day for women, with no more than nine teaspoons of sugar per day for men.

Why sugar is bad for teeth

Sugar in and of itself isn’t bad for teeth. It’s certain harmful bacteria present in your mouth that feed on sugar that do the damage. When bacteria eat the sugar you ingest, acid is created, which erodes at enamel. With time, a hole, or cavity, forms in the tooth.

A family dentistry practice that can help

At DaVinci Dentistry, not only do we have answers to seemingly simple questions such as unexpected sources of sugar, but we can explain to you why these concerns matter to your dental health. We’re here to provide family dentistry to you and your loved ones, but we also offer dental implant and cosmetic dentistry options when your dental health needs become complex. Contact us to schedule your appointment and become a part of the DaVinci Dentistry family! Serving patients in Southlake, Keller, Grapevine, Colleyville, North Richland Hills and the HEB corridor.

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