How bad is Sugar for Your Teeth?
Posted on 07/21/2022
Sipping a sugary drink

Sugar can play a negative role in your health, especially when it comes to your teeth. Studies show a direct connection of tooth decay to consuming too much sugar. The American Heart Association recommends 24 grams of sugar for adult women and 36 grams of sugar for adult men.

sugar content in drinksSugar Content in Popular Drinks

  • 20 oz Mountain Dew: 77 grams
  • 20 oz Coke: 64 grams
  • 20 oz Sprite: 52 grams
  • 8 oz Sweet Iced Tea: 22 grams
  • 8 oz Orange Juice: 23 grams
  • Pouch of Capri Sun: 18 grams
  • Bottle of Powerade: 34 grams
  • Vitamin Water: 32 grams
  • San Pellegrino Fruit Flavored Beverage: 23 grams
  • 8oz Whole Milk: 12 grams
  • 8oz Chocolate Milk: 24 grams

Many foods contain sugar or other substances that can put you more at risk for causing cavities and tooth decay:

  • Gummy vitamins
  • Sticky candy
  • Suckers
  • Cake
  • Cookies
  • Pies
  • Doughnuts
  • Ice Cream

Sipping on these sugary drinks and eating sugary foods can lead to tooth decay. It is a good practice to limit the amount consumed each day by drinking these only with meals and stick with water in between meals and before bedtime. Other preventative measures you can take to prevent tooth decay from sugary drinks are as follows:

  • Brushing immediately after you eat or drink sugary items can help clean your teeth immediately.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for teeth cleanings and sealants.
  • Use toothpaste with fluoride.
  • Eat tooth-healthy foods.
  • Choose water as often as you can.

Extra sugar in these foods and drinks should be eaten in moderation for your overall health, especially your oral health. What changes will you make to your daily diet to improve your health?

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Polished Dental, and we can get you the resources you need to improve your oral health.