Sugar Shockers

Posted on February 4, 2013 in General oral health

suagrIf you are anything like me, you probably don't check every single nutritional label on the foods you eat. You buy what tastes good and don't give much thought to the ingredients.

Well my friend, I am here to tell you that you have been missing a lot of information that can help you keep a healthy smile. These days, a lot of common foods have had a ton of sugar added to them.  Our taste for suagr continues to rise and with high sugar content comes a big risk of dental problems.

So, how much sugar is too much?

According to Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition at New York University and author of the book What to Eat, anything with more than 15 grams of sugar should be considered in the dessert category. For a more visual comparison, 4 grams of sugar is equivalent to one sugar packet. That’s a hard figure to swallow when you consider that one 20-ounce bottle of Coca-Cola Classic is equivalent to more than 16 sugar packets!

Large amounts of sugary foods promote plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth and gums. Every time bacteria come in contact with sugar and starches in the mouth, they produce acids that attack your teeth. These acids leave your mouth more susceptible to enamel erosion, cavities, tooth decay and gum disease.

So, lay off the sweets as much as possible. However, when you do eat sugary foods, it is important to clean your teeth right away. In cases where brushing is not an option, consider drinking water or chewing sugar-free gum.

Be sure to check out our list of sugar shockers. The next time your sweet tooth is making your tummy rumble, you may want to think twice about what you’re putting in your mouth.

The sugar content of these common food products is shocking!

• 2 tablespoons of honey barbecue sauce – 3.75 sugar packets
• 1 fruit strudle – 4.25 sugar packets
• 1 small serving cup of sweetened apple sauce – 5.5 sugar packets
• 6 oz. sweetened fruit yogurt – 6.75 sugar packets
• 1/3 cup dried cranberries – 7.25 sugar packets
• 20 oz. sports drink – 8.25 sugar packets
• 16 oz. sweetened iced tea – 12 sugar packets
• 16 oz. café vanilla frappuccino – 14.5 sugar packets
• 40 oz. of regular soda – 32 sugar packets