Healthy diet. Healthy mouth. Healthy you

The sour truth about america's sweet tooth
  • Soft drinks, sodas, fruit juices and sport drinks represent the single largest source of sugar consumption in the US.

  • Half of the U.S. population consumes a sugar-sweetened beverage on any given day.

  • On average, children get 13-17% and adults almost 12% – of their calorie intake from added sugars (excluding free sugars from fruit juices).

Here are some tips to help avoid

tooth decay:

Snack smart. If you need a snack, grab some fruit, vegetables or whole grains. Try to avoid hard candy, mints and sticky sweets that stay in your mouth for long time. They may taste sweet, but they can cause tooth decay.

 

Drink plenty of water. Drinking water can help wash away food and acid, especially after eating.

 

Limit sugar and starch. Remember, sugary and starchy foods can lead to tooth decay, so try to limit them.

 

Don’t use your teeth as tools. Avoid chewing hard things like ice or popcorn kernels that could wear down or break your teeth.

 

Don’t smoke or use tobacco of any kind. Both can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, or worse – oral cancer.*

 

Use fluoride toothpaste. Brush your teeth at least twice a day – and always at bedtime. Replace your soft-bristled brush every three to four months or whenever it starts to look frayed.

 

Floss daily. It’s very important to add flossing to your routine because a toothbrush can’t reach in between your teeth where tartar and plaque can form.

 

Visit your dentist. Make regular trips to the dentist to help reduce tartar buildup. While you’re there, ask your dentist if you’re brushing and flossing the right way.