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Hocus Pocus Dental Focus

Hocus Pocus Dental Focus

Do sugary treats make you cackle with joy and send spells of jaw-breaking cavity messages towards your mouth? Unfortunately, one of our favorite candy-filled holidays is upon us, as the retail world likes to remind us. As in all ghoulish fairy tales, the wicked witch ensnares us with tantalizing sugar laden tricks that do not fool our teeth.

Trick Or Treat

Each year Halloween is synonymous with the sugar-laden treats that we consume. On average Americans purchase around 600 million pounds–or 2 billion dollars worth–of candy each year. Kids alone can consume up to 7,000 calories which are approximately three cups of sugar. To give you a better idea, children would have to walk an average of over 100 miles to burn off what they ate. Scary!

Although these Halloween statistics are a bit ghoulish, map out how much sugar the average American consumes on a daily basis, not just around October 31st.

Spooklishly Scary Statistics

According to a study done by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, sugar makes up 16 percent of the average American child’s daily caloric intake. Additionally, the American Dental Association recommends that added sugar should make up no more than 10 percent of their daily caloric intake with beverages providing ideally less than 5 percent of that total.

A Spell That Can To Be Broken

Although sugar casts a powerful spell, it is possible to overcome an addiction to sugar which is linked to not only obesity, diabetes, and poor heart health but especially damaging to our teeth and gums.

When we eat foods that contain sugar, we are not the only ones enjoying the meal–so are the harmful bacteria in our mouths. As a result, these bacteria produce acids that eat away at our teeth and cause tooth decay, or in other words, cavities.

Switch The Witch in Cavities

The key is to gradually use less sugar where you can, such as in coffee or tea and your breakfast cereal. Reduce or eliminate your consumption of soda and water down any fruit juices you may drink. The benefit is that your body will adjust to the taste and your teeth will remain less susceptible to decay.

A Simple Spell To Lower Your Daily Sugar Intake:

Read food labels.

Many times we don’t realize just how much sugar we are consuming. You may think you’re making a healthy choice for your child with dried or canned fruit, granola bars, or even yogurt. But many of these food items have a surprisingly high amount of added sugar.

Trouble With The Bubble

Did you know that one can of soda is equivalent to three times the daily recommended sugar intake for a child? Even seemingly healthy beverages such as fruit juices contain far too much sugar. The best options for drinks are water and milk.

The Power of Home Cooking

By cooking at home, you can precisely know what is added to your child’s meals and snacks. You would be surprised by how much sugar there is hidden in fast food! Plus, avoid buying desserts from the store, and if you make your own, reduce the amount of sugar that listed in the recipe. Many baked goods use unsweetened applesauce as a substitute.

For A Great Dentist In Coconut Grove, FL, Just Click Your Phone!

Looking for a way home to better oral health? Follow the yellow brick road which leads to Dr. Stephen J. Parr’s office. Our expert team at Grove Smiles Dentistry will help you break the spell of sugar and guide you with proper dental counseling and optimal health recommendations. Just click the buttons on your phone!

Happy Halloween!

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For Your Health,

Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S.

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Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S., P.A.
2685 Bird Avenue
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