Every now and then, you may indulge in a few of your favorite cookies. But somehow, a couple turns into the whole sleeve followed by a scoop of ice cream and a chocolate bar. It’s not uncommon for this to happen. Sugar is highly addictive which, means even after your first sweet treat, you’ll continue to crave more and more. Unfortunately, this can have negative effects on your oral health as overconsumption can lead to cavities and tooth decay.
Have a sweet tooth? Don’t worry, there are ways to control it! Read along to learn a few tips to help you overcome your sugar cravings.
Replace Treats with Healthier Alternatives
Many delicious, healthier foods contain natural sugars, which is a much better option compared to added sugars. Instead of reaching for a slice of cake, eat a piece of fruit! Bananas, apples, oranges, and strawberries are just a few tasty fruits that can satisfy your sweet tooth without the unnecessary calories and added sugars.
If you have a sugar craving, it could be because you’re dehydrated. A large, refreshing glass of water can help eliminate the temptation. It’s also one of the best drinks for your oral and overall health, especially in comparison to sports and energy drinks. If possible, opt for tap water—it contains more fluoride than bottled water, which helps strengthen tooth enamel. Additionally, water can help with weight loss, skin hydration, digestive health, and much more. It’s the perfect drink for your body!
Find Sugar-Free Alternatives
Sweeteners have made many sugar-free products taste much like the sugared products they’re based on, so you can enjoy a sweet treat without the risks of real sugar. Chewing on sugar-free gum, for example, is a great way to indulge in a sugar craving without damaging your teeth. It’s sweetened with xylitol or sorbitol, which metabolizes slowly and doesn’t promote bacteria the same way regular sugar does. You’ll be able to get your fix safely while enjoying the minty freshness of a stick of gum.
Enjoy in Moderation
For some people, going cold turkey sounds unimaginable. And when you avoid sugar completely, there’s always a chance that you’ll relapse and binge. That’s why it’s okay to enjoy a cupcake or donut now and then— and don’t worry, it’s not going to destroy your teeth. Excess sugar is what’s harmful to your oral health, not the fact that it’s being consumed at all. But remember, you should only enjoy sweets in moderation!
When it comes to your dental health, it’s always best to do what you can to keep it in top shape. After all, we only get one set of teeth—making better dietary choices today will help you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile you can enjoy for a lifetime.
About the Practice
Hanover Road Dental Health always makes patients our number one priority. We have multiple dentists in our office, so you can rest easy knowing you’ll be getting the care you need all under one roof. While it may be difficult to cut back on sugar, it will help keep your smile in its best shape. Healthier choices are only a part of maintaining strong oral health—having a good oral hygiene routine and seeing your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups are other big factors. Schedule your checkup with us via our website or by calling (603) 643-4362.