Did you know that added sugar is in most processed foods today? And, it is no surprise that sugary beverages and sugar in foods can cause major dental issues including decay and dental erosion. Added sugar has become such a health issue that the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services and Dept. of Agriculture created updated nutritional guidelines. The updated guidelines are below:
The American Dental Association News reports that “the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Agriculture released updated nutritional guidelines Jan. 7 calling for Americans to limit their intake of added sugars.” The updated guidelines “advise limiting the intake of added sugars to less than 10 percent of total calories consumed each day,” marking the “first time the guidelines have recommended a quantitative limit on a specific type of food.” The guidelines essentially limit our sugar intake to 12 teaspoons a day.
Sugar doesn’t just cause cavities in the mouth, it also melts away enamel ( the hardest material in the body), leaving the inside of the tooth exposed and sensitive. Extra sugar is bad for our overall health and our dental health.
If you have any concerns about your teeth, and if you think the amount of sugar in your diet is causing dental issues, call our office today: 440-442-4477.
For information about diet and dental health, visit MouthHealthy.org.