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Is Sugar Bad for Your Health and Teeth?

Mon, May 3rd, 2021

Is Sugar Bad for Your Health and Teeth?

As harmless as sugar might seem on the surface, it's actually very addictive and can cause severe health and dental issues for those who consume it in large quantities. Negative results from high-sugar diets can occur quickly as blood glucose levels rise then fall. Other issues may take longer to manifest, causing coronary artery disease and diabetes.

In this blog, we'll dive deeper into the negative health ramifications of sugar, why it's bad for your teeth and gums, along with how it can affect the cognition and behavior of children.

Obesity, Heart Disease, Cancer, and Diabetes

  • Consuming sugar regularly increases an individual's risk of developing obesity issues.
  • Elevated risks of Type 2 diabetes are associated with eating too much sugar.
  • Be on the lookout for heart disease.
  • Some cancers are correlated with high-sugar diets.

Unstable Blood Glucose

  • Simple sugars cause glucose levels to spike sharply then fall.
  • Swings in blood glucose levels can make people feel tired and groggy. Emotional mood swings are also very common.
  • When blood sugar rises then plummets, you might crave more sugar.
  • Eating more sugar is only a temporary fix because glucose levels will never stabilize.

Immune Function

  • Sugar can suppress an active immune response in the human body.
  • Bacteria and yeast that exist in your body might cause an imbalance when reacted with sugar.
  • Reducing sugar intake can enable the body to balance yeast levels back to a healthier level.

Chromium Deficiency

  • A high-sugar diet often results in consuming foods that don't provide enough chromium.
  • Chromium helps the body regulate blood glucose levels.
  • Chromium is naturally present in foods such as whole grains, nuts, and mushrooms.

Aging Acceleration

  • Excessive sugar consumption may contribute to sagging and wrinkling skin.
  • After sugar enters the bloodstream, it attaches to proteins. This process is called glycation.
  • Glycation is associated with loss of elasticity, which happens as body tissues age.
  • Elevated blood glucose levels are directly correlated with the glycation rate.

Tooth Decay

  • When you eat sugary foods, saliva and bacteria form together which creates plaque on your teeth.
  • If plaque is left on your teeth, it can dissolve enamel, which leads to cavities.
  • To control bacteria and plaque, brush your teeth as soon as possible after eating sugary foods.

Gum Disease

  • Excessive sugar intake is one of the main causes of gum disease.
  • Gum disease can progress to periodontitis, which affects gum tissue and bones under the gums.
  • Advanced periodontitis can travel throughout the body. This can cause blood clots and clog arteries among several other harmful things.

Children’s Behavior and Cognition

  • Large amounts of sugar can cause a child's blood glucose levels to rise sharply, which can cause them to be hyperactive.
  • Kids with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), might be more sensitive to the hyperactivity of sugar.
  • Proper nutrition can impact how kids behave and learn.

Arnold Dentistry

It's essential to monitor your sugar intake. Failing to do so can contribute to extreme health and dental problems. If you do consume sugar, brush your teeth and floss shortly after. Another key component when maintaining good overall and oral health is to have your teeth professionally cleaned.
Contact Arnold Dentistry and schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning to help sustain a healthy mouth!

(813) 689-1529