Sugar Alternatives for Healthier Teeth

It can be hard to stay healthy and enjoy all of your favorite foods if you have a sweet tooth. Consuming foods that contain high amounts of sugar can lead to tooth decay. This happens because the bacteria in our mouths feed off of sugar and carbohydrates. When this sugar combines with bacteria, it creates an acidic environment that can erode teeth enamel and lead to cavities, plaque, and tartar. It’s important to keep your sugar consumption to a minimum and to always brush and floss routinely. Additionally, there may be some ways to cut down on sugar and still get in your sweet craving. Here are a few ideas for healthy sugar alternatives for your teeth.

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Sweets That Strengthen Teeth

There is a class of sugar alcohols known as polyols, that can actually help to fight tooth decay instead of contributing to it. Sorbitol, Malitol, Xylitol, and Isomalt all fall under this category. They contain antibacterial properties that can help to remove cavity-causing germs from teeth. Polyols are often found in sugar-free chewing gum or mints. Studies have shown that chewing gum after meals can help to reduce the risk of getting cavities.

Sugar Substitutes for Baking & Everyday Use

There are a few plant-based sugar alternatives that are good for use in your typical favorite foods. Stevia and monkfruit are two examples. They can be purchased in a powder form, like sugar, and used to sweeten tea, coffee, or your morning oatmeal.

Ways to Reduce

It can be difficult to cut down on your daily sugar consumption, but the long-term effects can’t be understated. Begin by cutting out sugary sodas and snacks like crackers, cookies, cakes, or candy. Do your best to eat a nutritious daily diet of plenty of vegetables, lean protein sources, and whole grains. Try to satisfy your cravings with fruits, instead or refined carbohydrates or sweets.

Habits to Remember

We always like to stress that brushing your teeth daily, twice for two minutes each time, is necessary for healthy teeth. In addition, floss every day. This is important always, but be sure not to skip or rush through when you do eat sweets on special occasions.

If you have questions about a nutrition plan for healthier teeth, we’d love to point you in the right direction. Contact our offices today to schedule an appointment!

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