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The Skinny On Sugar

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The Skinny On Sugar

While we all agree that sugar is not the best thing in the world, it’s important to remember that sugar is not the evil that we’ve been told about. Most of us talk to our children and say that sugar is an absolute no-no, but there are many misconceptions about sugar. Let’s make sure you have a healthy attitude towards sugar and why, in the right dose, it isn’t anything to fear:

Should You Cut Out Sugar from Your Life Completely?

Many health organizations will recommend a certain limit of sugar per day. Any dental care specialist tells you to avoid sugar for the sake of your teeth but, of course, it’s hard to completely remove sugar from your life, especially when you consider there is a tiny amount in drinks like milk, that you cannot remove. Your body does not need sugar, so having less is going to be better, but the benefit lies in moderation. There is room for some sugar in a healthy diet that won’t negatively impact your overall health, but it’s about knowing the limits. The US dietary guidelines state that, out of 2,000 calories a day, 50g of added sugar is okay.

Will Sugar Contribute to Long-Term Health Problems?

Naturally, we are aware of the impact of diabetes, and the fact that 75% of Americans eat more sugar than they really should. But if you have heard that eating sugar will contribute to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and heart disease, added sugar consumption according to an American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study found that it was not linked to increased risk for death. A moderate amount of sugar doesn’t appear to be harmful but having too much will put you at risk for putting on weight.

Are Natural Sugars Better for You?

There are minimally processed sweeteners, such as agave nectar and honey that people use in beverages, thinking it’s a healthier version of sugar, but your body views all sugar sources as the same. This means that whatever the sugar source is, it will have the same impact on your body. While there are nutrients in honey and maple syrup, the nutrients are so small that they won’t have an impact on your health. You may think that you are doing yourself a favor by having a healthier version, but it is not the case.

Sugar is not a healthy food by any stretch, as we have seen, but for those people who are determined to remove sugar from every aspect of their life, it can be impossible. We find sugar in fruit, but this is why fruit contains fiber to balance it out. However, if you want a healthy life you can indulge in a sweet treat, but the solution is simple: everything in moderation.

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4 Things That Are Ruining Your Smile (And What To Do About Them)

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4 Things That Are Ruining Your Smile (And What To Do About Them)

Although we get two sets during our lifetime, it is still important that we take good care of our teeth. Indeed, without the proper care, we can expect to encounter all sorts of problems from bad breath to infection and tooth loss. The good news is that by identifying the things that can harm our teeth, we can make sure we take steps to avoid or counter them. Keep reading to find out what the most common smile ruining things are below:

Too much sugar:

It tastes great but too much sugar is very bad news for your teeth. This is because it encourages tartar to form which can lead to painful and unsightly gum disease, otherwise known as gingivitis. That’s not the half of it, either, because sugar also combines with the bacteria we all have in our mouths to cause plaque, this is the stuff that erodes tooth enamel and leaves your teeth vulnerable to decay!

Fortunately, there are some tactics you can use to combat the effects of too much sugar on your smile. The first is to try and reduce the amount of sugar that you eat, limiting items like candy, cakes, and sodas. Next, if you do eat something sugary, brushing your teeth right after can help remove excess sugar from the mouth and minimize the effect.

Smoking:

Another thing that can wreak havoc with your smile is smoking. Of course, it’s also disastrous for your health, so there are many reasons to quit as soon as possible. In particular, smoking is known to yellow the teeth and can turn an already unsightly plaque to a nasty brown color. Once again quitting is the best course of action here. Although, as a short-term measure, regular teeth cleaning at the dentist, as well as specialized toothpaste designed for smokers can help.

Putting off going to the dentist:

While we are on the subject of dentists, putting off your appointment can severely impact your smile too. Unfortunately, there are many reasons why people may not go to the dentist as often as they should such as anxiety and embarrassment that they haven’t taken care of their oral health in the right way.

Of course, the longer that you leave between appointments the more damage you are likely to do to your smile. You can make regular dental appointments a great deal easier for yourself by finding a good dentist, one that is friendly and non-judgmental. Many dental practices even specialize in helping particularly anxious patients now, which can make the whole experience much easier.

Grinding your teeth:

Last of all, you may be ruining your smile by grinding your teeth. Teeth grinding is when a person unconsciously forces their jaw together in a slight chewing motion and can be linked to stress. The problem with teeth grinding is that it can put far too much pressure on each tooth and make them much more likely to crack and wear away, something that can be both painful and unsightly.

To counter teeth grinding and improve your smile it may be useful to wear a mouth guard at night. Also, finding some ways that are effective for reducing stress may help you minimize this habit and save your smile.

Improve your smile with the tips above and flash those pearly whites!