You probably already know that refined white sugar and high-fructose corn syrup aren’t the best for your overall health, but do you know why? The bacteria that naturally occurs in your mouth turns sugar into acid that can significantly damage your teeth, leading to cavities and gingivitis.
Recent surveys of American dentists have revealed that a significant portion of pre-school children have already shown signs of tooth decay. As if that wasn’t bad enough, more than three-fourths of all children under 17 have had at least one tooth cavity.
Many parents aren’t aware that both processed fruit juices and many dried fruits like raisins have a high content of sugar. Of course, the news isn’t all bad; the sugar that occurs in fresh fruit is a much better alternative, and should be chosen instead whenever possible.
Avoiding high-sugar foods and beverages will improve not only your dental health, but also your mind and body. Children that consume too much sugar can experience hyper-activity and problems sleeping or napping, and childhood obesity is at an all-time high. Limiting your and your children’s sugar intake is part of a good holistic dental practice for total body health.