According to an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) survey for 2011-12, one in two Australians (52 per cent) typically exceed the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recommendation that free sugars contribute to less than 10 per cent of total energy intake, according to new data.
The new ABS report showed the average amount of free sugars consumed was 60 grams per day (equivalent to 14 level teaspoons of white sugar).
Unfortunately, like tobacco and alcohol, sugar negatively affects many different parts of the body. In the mouth, it provides food for the harmful bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease — in that order, the largest causes of tooth loss in children and adults. In the bloodstream, excessive sugar is linked to metabolic diseases like diabetes and the troubling epidemic of obesity, and is suspected to play a role in many other ailments.
This is why A Supa Smiles would like to help you dramatically cut back on your sugar consumption, to improve both your dental and body health!
How Sugar Affects You
Your body should be a finely tuned machine and the foods you choose and how often you eat them can affect how well it runs. Over-consumption of sugar can harm the health of your teeth and gums and your general health, too. If you consume too many sugar-filled sodas, sweetened fruit drinks, or sweet snacks, you put yourself at risk for tooth decay and decreased overall health. The good news is that this is almost entirely preventable.
Tooth decay happens when plaque come into contact with sugar in the mouth, causing acid to attack the teeth. This leads to decay and cavities, which can lead to tooth loss, infection, bone loss, and more.
Sugar is also bad for your general health. Among other problems it can lead to:
- Cancer: Refined carbohydrates like white sugar, white flour, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and soft drinks are dangerous for anyone trying to prevent or reverse cancer.
- High Blood Pressure: Too much sugar in your diet decreases nitric oxide levels, causing blood vessels to become narrow, which causes high blood pressure and an increased risk for cardiac disease.
- High Cholesterol: People who consume too much sugar are prone to lower levels of HDL, or good cholesterol; higher levels of LDL, or bad cholesterol; and higher levels of triglycerides, or blood fats. This clogs arteries and blood vessels, leading to heart disease.
- Insulin Resistance: When there are continuous sugar spikes, insulin becomes less effective. Sugar can’t get into the cells and become “stuck” in the body, producing toxic effects that lead to obesity and the threat of diabetes.
- Liver Disease: A diet high in sugar is believed to exacerbate fatty liver disease. Too much sugar spikes insulin and drives fat into the liver cells, causing inflammation and scarring, and possibly cirrhosis.
Breaking the Chains of Sugar!
A Supa Smile is pleased to offer you the following strategies for breaking your sugary chains!
- Read food labels: Sugar is often added to foods. Even things that you don’t think are sweet, like tomato sauce, crackers, condiments, and salad dressings can be packed with sugar.
- Learn sugar’s aliases: Sugar hides under several sneaky names, including high fructose corn syrup, dried cane syrup, invert sugar, molasses, sucrose (or any word ending in “-ose”), brown rice syrup, honey, and maple syrup.
- Buy unsweetened: Once you know where sugar hides, you can start making changes. One strategy: buy foods labeled “no added sugar” or “unsweetened,” as artificial sweeteners come with their own set of risks.
- Don’t go cold turkey: Going cold turkey on sugar isn’t realistic for most people. Instead, cut back slowly but steadily.
- Think protein and fat: To minimize sugar related spikes in blood sugar, eat protein, healthy fats, and fiber with your meals.
- Avoid hidden ‘liquid’ sugar. Soda is not the only sugar-filled drink. Examples include: “enhanced” waters (8 teaspoons per bottle), bottled iced teas (9 teaspoons per bottle), energy drinks (almost 7 teaspoons per can), and bottled coffee drinks (8 teaspoons per bottle)
- Stick with it! At first, reducing sugar consumption can seem like a daunting task. Eventually, though, you will get used to your new lifestyle.
Don’t let Sugar Harm Your Dental Health
If you must have sugar, there are some strategies to limit its damage:
- Brush your teeth immediately after sugar consumption
- Rinse your mouth with water after sugar consumption
- Keep good overall dental health with regular brushing and flossing
- Visit your A Supa Smile dentist regularly
Your Trusted Croydon Dentist
A Supa Smile wants to treat you in a worry-free environment!
We are conveniently located just off of the Maroondah Highway near Plymouth Road and Kent Ave, with public transport nearby.
We make it easy for you to get an appointment offering a convenient online form in addition to our phone line. For working patients we are open from Mondays to Saturdays, morning until evening. For more information about schedule and location, please visit our contact us page. Emergency dental treatment is also available!
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