A Word From Dr. Stewart: Sugars, Carbs and Oral Health
Since opening our diet center Figure Savers, I have really begun to take a harder look at what is being put in our bodies as a form of nutrition. We have always been told that to keep our teeth healthy and cavity free we should minimize our sugar intake and refrain from in between meal snacks. But what I have witnessed is that most people don’t have a real understanding what a sugar is so they can’t minimize it.
All carbohydrates are sugars. Pastas, flour, potatoes and breads are examples. The body takes in carbohydrates and turns it into sugar. It doesn’t differentiate. Four grams of carbohydrates equal one teaspoon of table sugar. Fruit juices and fruits are sugar. Orange juice is pretty much all sugar. One 8 oz glass contains 26 grams which equals to 6 and a half teaspoons of sugar… pretty eye opening!
When I first opened the dental office 24 years ago, the average teenager had maybe one cavity, now I am seeing 3-5 as the average. Decay is rampant again and I believe it is from all of the sugars that we are consuming without knowing about it. I say count those carbohydrates and divide by four and put it in terms of teaspoons… and you will take control of your tooth decay as well as your belly.