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The Dangers of Sugar on Your Health

It may be sweet, but the effects that sugar can have on your body and teeth sure aren’t.

Sugar can be found in all carbohydrates, even in foods that aren’t inherently sweet, like whole grains and vegetables. While consuming natural sugar in organic foods is okay–after all, they have essential [fiber] and minerals that the body needs–consuming too much added sugar is what can get you into trouble.

As your dentist, we care just as much about your oral health as we do your overall health. Here are some of the biggest ways consuming too much sugar can wreak havoc on your body.

Sugar and your heart: According to a 2014 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, medical professionals concluded that people who consumed 17-21% of their daily calories from added sugar had a 38% increased risk of dying from heart disease.

Sugar and your teeth: Sugar that gets left behind on our teeth can damage enamel, which the body can’t repair. More so, with sugar comes bacteria that may lead to things like gingivitis and gum disease. As gums recede, teeth can become loose and unstable, and eventually may even fall out.

Sugar and your liver: While your liver needs some sugar to help make fat, too much refined sugar or high-fructose corn syrup may lead to a fatty buildup that can become liver disease. Some studies even show that eating too much sugar can be just as damaging to your liver as alcohol consumption.

Has sugar left you with cavities or tooth decay? Contact a dentist today to book an appointment.

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