Category Archives: Sugar and Your Teeth

Halloween Candy Blues

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With the exception of Christmas, Halloween tends to be a super holiday packed with high excitement for kids and adults alike.  Halloween is that one night where our “littles” can dress up and pretend to be anyone or anything they hope to be. Many adults, joining in the spirit of Halloween enjoy the costume, parties and dress up as much as the “littles”.   However, for the “littles”, it’s mostly about the elaborate selection of candy they get to hunt house to house for.

Once darkness has fallen and the hunt is on for door to door candy, their is much that runs through a parents head.   As wonderful as it is to give children much wanted sugary joy, the proverb still stands “eating anything in moderation is ok, overindulgence is not”.

Candy, being a sugary treat is ok.  The problem is the amount of candy typically collected on a Halloween night exceeds standard snack time limits.  Nevermind the sugar high associated with lots of candy eating by “the littles”  who are proud of their conquered sugary bounty.  As for their teeth and avoiding unwanted cavity driven visits to the dentist, moderation is important.

Halloween candy isn’t the problem, as it would be no different than eating any type of sugary snack.  The issue is in the amount.  Kids eat most candy in the evening and having so much to choose from brings about eating more than they should. Remember when I mentioned that sugar high from eating lots of candy?  Kids being amped up on lots of sugar typically makes for a later bed time.  Unfortunately being out of routine from the extra sugary energy commonly makes a child forget to brush their teeth.  This gives the sugar eating bacteria lots of time to attack the enamel on your child’s teeth.

The best way to protect your child’s teeth is the always remember to brush, floss and limit the sugary snacks.  Regular dental visits are also important to ensure your child’s teeth are always in perfect shape.

 

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Obesity and Tooth Decay Go Hand-in-Hand?

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Obesity is truly becoming a plague affecting the entire planet.  It is a condition caused when the body collects too much body fat.  This condition causes a person to be unhealthy which in turn can cause various diseases as well as premature death.  The truth of the matter is obesity is preventable.  One out of every 3 people in the United States is affected with this horrible affliction and the problem continues to grow.

What causes obesity?

  • Eating more food than your body can use
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Not getting enough exercise
  • Biology

So how does that affect your teeth?

Eating foods with lots of calories tend to have lots of sugar. The combination of bacteria and food causes tooth decay.   The more times you eat, the more bacteria is present in your mouth feeding on your teeth.   As the bacteria feed on the sugars in the food you eat, they make acids. The acids attack the teeth for 20 minutes or more after eating. Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay.

Researchers from the University of Washington School of Dentistry suggest there may be a connection between a high glycemic diet and dental disease.  In other words, the high amounts of sugar found in processed foods, refined flour, rice and other products produce the bacteria that turns to acid and attack your teeth after eating.  These sugars turn into plaque on your teeth and when not removed contribute to tooth decay, gingivitis, gum disease and periodontitis. 

How do you Prevent this from Happening?

The answer is simple really.  Regular check-ups to the dentist and a healthy balanced diet enriched with water fresh fruits, vegetables, healthy proteins and whole grains.

 

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Is Popcorn the Best Choice for a Snack?

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Popcorn, Yumm!!!  Popcorn is that crunchy, buttery, salty snack that seems to be the perfect choice while watching TV or a movie.  The butter, salt and oil version might not be the healthiest choice but air popped popcorn is considered a healthy snack.  As perfect as this snack may seem, is it the best choice for your teeth and oral health?  This has been a long time debated topic.

Popcorn as a Healthy snack choice

Popcorn, minus all the butter and salt is loaded with antioxidants that help with cell damage.  Popcorn also provides calories, protein, vitamins and minerals that are good for your body.   As we all know, corn is one of the main food crops in most civilizations around the planet.

Popcorn Stuck in Teeth

 

But is popcorn good for your teeth? 

This is a debated question.  Popcorn provides nutrients that support your body. Anything that healthily supports the body is in fact good for your oral health. However, with this being said, you need to consider the flip side.  The sugar and carbohydrates in popcorn interact with your mouths bacteria creating acid that wears away your tooth enamel.  It is also a common occurrence for popcorn to become lodged under the gums or in between teeth while eating.  Without those small kernels being removed, this can cause pain, infection, abscesses and even contribute to tooth decay.

So, should you pick popcorn for your next snack?  That’s up to you to decide. But if you do, as with any snack, the office of Dr. David M Duncan, DDS recommends that you brush after eating.  With popcorn, we suggest you spend some time flossing to ensure the removal of kernels that might have become lodged while consuming.

8430 Univ. Exec. Park Drive Suite 610
Charlotte, NC 28262
Telephone:

704-510-1150

Fax:

704-510-1220

 

 

 

 

 

The Truth about Sugar and your Teeth

Let’s be honest.  Who doesn’t love Sugar?  I can’t name a person alive who can say they don’t “love it” in one form or another.  It’s in almost everything we eat or drink.   The question is how do we limit it for our good health and to protect our teeth?     Your afternoon peanut butter and jelly washed down with a can of soda is attacking your teeth!   Sugar attacks the enamel on your teeth while you’re eating and the minutes following.   I’m sure it was filling, taste great and you are no longer hungry but that peanut butter and jelly sandwich had approx. 30 grams of sugar.  The soda had an additional 65 grams of sugar.

How do you limit the effects of such?  Glasscock dental recommends you brush your teeth after every meal.  I realize this isn’t the first thing you’re thinking of.  I also realize it can be pretty inconvenient at time.  We all have busy schedules and I can see why brushing wouldn’t make it to the top of the priority list.  But let’s put it into perspective.  1 can of soda and that peanut butter and jelly sandwich contained approximately 95 grams of sugar.   As an estimate, every 5 grams of sugar equals one teaspoon of sugar (or 1 sugar cube.  Your lunch time meal had the approximate value of 18 ½ teaspoons of sugar attacking the teeth inside your mouth.

Glasscock Dental does not want to give you the impression that brushing is enough.  It is however a good start.  We at Glasscock Dental recommend you visit the dentist twice a year for regular cleanings and once a year for an oral exam.  Plaque builds up no matter how well you brush and it will need to be removed by a hygienist.  Your dentist, while providing your yearly oral exam, can identify any oral problems and treat them.  Remember, Good oral health is the key to maintaining a winning smile and keeping your mouth and body healthy.

Dr. David M Glasscock, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

  • 8430 University Executive Park Drive, Suite 610
  • Charlotte, NC 28262
  • Ph#704-510-1150