Sugar has become a staple of our modern diet, ingrained into the many processed foods and beverages that we eat and snack on daily. Our busy lives often seem to require sugary snacks for the energy boost we need to get through the day!
This excessive amount of sugar in our diets can have detrimental effects on both oral and overall physical health. Family and general dentists like Dr. McCool in Lilburn have noticed an increase in cavities, especially in children, and the need for more intensive fluoride treatments to help prevent or reduce tooth decay.
In addtiion to what we eat, it can be HOW we consume these sugary snacks and beverages that often leads to dental and other health issues. Sipping on sodas or juices and sucking slowly on sweets can create an environment where harmful bacteria is able to increase in the mouth over a long period of time. It is better to quickly consume a soda or candy and then rinse the mouth with water- or even chew a piece of sugarless gum to restore proper Ph balance! Better yet- replace a sugary drink or snack with a healthy choice: a glass of water or a piece of fruit.
The increasing role that sugars are playing in our modern diet make preventive care visits to Dr. McCool’s Lilburn dental office even more important for maintaining good oral health. Not only is it important that patients brush and floss regularly at home, but that they come in twice per year for a thorough dental cleaning and exam. These visits enable Dr. McCool and his staff to spot dental health problems early when conservative treatment is most effective.
In addition to dental problems such as cavities and gum disease, too much sugar can also lead to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even a higher risk for hypertension and stroke.
Dental health is an important part of your overall physical well being! Contact Dr. McCool to schedule an appointment for a routine visit today.