For decades, dentists and public health officials have tried to spread the word about sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and how damaging they can be to your oral health. Drinking these beverages is not just bad for your teeth, but frequent consumption is linked to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.
Fortunately, it appears that the message is being received!
A recent survey by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was published in the Obesity research journal. Data was collected from adults and children, and the results found that the consumption of SSBs declined dramatically between 2003 and 2014.
This is clearly great news because minimizing intake of sugar-sweetened beverages helps contribute to a problem-free smile. If you are looking for ways to cut back on the amount of sugar you consume in beverages, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
- Read labels - If you don’t regularly check ingredient labels, you should start. You might be shocked at just how much sugar your favorite beverage contains. Your favorite barista might not know how much sugar is in that latte, but you can check online. Some coffee drinks contain as much sugar as two Twinkies, so you need to do your homework!
- Rethink your choices - It can be easy to fall into the habit of grabbing a cola from the vending machine, so you may have to train yourself to make conscious decisions. When in doubt, water is always a great source of hydration and actually helps your body.
- Talk to your hygienist - Your dental hygienist is an expert on what it takes to keep your teeth clean and healthy. More than likely, they can share tips with you about cutting back your sugar consumption.
Please Call to Arrange An Appointment
If you are due for an exam, please call Wilmington Dentist Dr. Bruce Matthews to arrange an appointment. We will be happy to provide you with all the guidance you need to achieve the healthiest smile possible.