Effects of Sugar on Teeth

Effects of Sugar on Teeth
Have you ever while eating chocolate or sweet pastry thought that it could be detrimental to your teeth and overall health?
Although our body needs a certain amount of sugar, its excess can lead to overweight, increase the risk of diabetes, blood circulation, oral cavity, and other diseases. This year, Žvėrynas Dental Clinic is participating in Sugar Awareness Week, so we are sharing with you the information about the effects of sugar on teeth.
How does sugar affect our teeth?
  • Sugar causes tooth decay
  • Sugar causes periodontal diseases
  • Sugar weakens the immune system
The American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day for women (24 g) and no more than 9 teaspoons for men (36 g). Although this number seems quite high, you only need to track the ingredients of the products you have consumed for at least a week and you will be amazed at how much sugar you have received.
How much sugar do different products contain? 
  • Chocolate bar (50 g): ~25 g of sugar
  • Soft drinks (500 ml): ~50 g of sugar
  • Ketchup (100 g): ~20 g of sugar
  • Cereal (100 g): ~35 g of sugar
  • Yogurt with added flavor (100 g): ~15 g of sugar
  • Apples (100 g): ~10 g of sugar
Consumption of sugar, sweets, and soft drinks severely damage your teeth, so we recommend to consume as little sugary food as possible!

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