Hidden Sugar!

Q: 

I brush and floss and don't drink pop. Why am I still getting cavities?

 

A;

Cavities occur when we feed the cavity causing bacteria in our mouths sugar.  That's fantastic that you are brushing, flossing and avoiding pop, but there are many foods in the Standard American Diet(SAD) that contain hidden sugar.  Here are some foods that most people would consider 'healthy' that have lots of sugar:

 

*Granola Bars or Protein Bars: 4-5 teaspoons of sugar!

*Fruit Flavored Yogurts: 4-5 teaspoons of sugar!

*1 Serving of Canned Fruit: 4 teaspoons of sugar!

*1 Serving of Sweetened Cold Cereal: 4-6 teaspoons of sugar!

*1 Serving of Flavored Coffee Creamer: 2 teaspoons of sugar!

*1 Slice of Bread: 1 teaspoon of sugar!

*1 Serving of Maple Syrup: 22 teaspoons of sugar!!!!

 

You can see how just eating some of the most common breakfast foods provides lots of sugar for those cavity-causing bacteria!

 

Read your labels!  4grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon. 

 

If you have more questions about sugar and your teeth, be sure and contact your dentist!