It’s true, sugar is in almost every processed food item at the grocery store, even if it isn’t necessarily candy, soda, cake, cookies, or cupcakes. Sugar is more than likely in certain sauces, soups, and more. Unfortunately, consuming too much sugar could eventually lead to tooth decay since the bacteria in the mouth uses sugar to create acids that attack and damage the tooth’s enamel. Eliminating the amount of sugar consumed on a daily basis could prevent oral health issues from developing in the future. Understanding how to decrease sugar cravings will benefit the teeth and gums tremendously.
Individuals who enjoy sugary foods may not want to give up these foods entirely, and they don’t have to. However, it would be wise to enjoy these foods in small portions. An individual’s overall diet should consume lots of healthy choices, such as vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and poultry. Every now and then, something sweet in small doses isn’t as harmful as drinking soda with every meal or candy in-between meals every day. To prepare, individuals should place healthy snacks in their purse, at work, and in their cars. It’s also easier to plan meals in advance because it reduces the chances of people letting their hunger take over and purchasing something quick that contains a lot of sugar.
The easiest way to avoid consuming sweets regularly is to not have them in the house. When grocery shopping, individuals should avoid purchasing anything sweet and processed. Whenever individuals crave something sweet, they can order it at a restaurant or purchase it when they plan on eating then and there. Not having sweets stashed in the house disciplines the mind and body, which leads to healthier teeth and gums.
Most people may be shocked to know that most food cravings only last about twenty minutes, which means when someone does start to crave sugary foods, they should quickly distract themselves until the craving is gone. Some great distractions include long walks, some form of exercise, talks with a friend, and more.
Another great tip is chewing sugarless gum whenever a craving occurs because it decreases hunger and cravings for sweet and salty foods.
Sleeping and exercising regularly also helps to lower levels of the hormone ghrelin in the body, which is responsible for stimulating appetite. The less sleep one gets, the more food cravings they’re bound to have and the more likely they are to overeat.
At McBride Dental, we provide our clients with healthy tips regarding how to maintain healthy teeth and gums in-between visits, which includes eating a well-balanced and nutritious diet.
At McBride Dental, we are committed to helping our patients maintain healthy teeth and gums so that they can show off their beautiful smiles. We believe that oral health is a huge factor in contributing to one’s overall confidence and quality of their life. We offer preventative care services to help our patients prevent and treat any oral issues that could lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and/or tooth loss. Some of our services include X-rays, dental examinations, deep cleanings, and more. If you are in the San Diego area and would like to schedule an appointment with us, call us now at 760-471-1003.