Bacteria in the mouth converts sugar to acid. Acid erodes enamel, the hard coating on the outside of the tooth. Erosion can lead to tooth decay which leads to cavities. It is recommended that all of us consume only 8 to 10 teaspoons of sugar daily. 1 teaspoon of sugar is equivalent to four grams. Nutrition labels on food list sugar in grams. 1 bottle of cola has about 44 grams of sugar which is 11 teaspoons. It is difficult to eliminate sugar from our diets however there are alternatives available such as xylitol. Promoting healthy snacks such as fruits, nuts and raw vegetables is also desirable.
We have several articles about the relationship between oral health and food that you can find in our patient newsletters that are distributed through e-mail as well as on this website. Our office is a big proponent of disseminating knowledge about nutrition as it relates to oral health. Our dental team has a member that is certified in nutrition as well as other team members understand the benefit of good nutritiion and oral health and well being.