In our busy lives we don’t often take the time to consider how much sugar is in our daily diet and how it may adversely affect our dental and overall health. Our modern diet typically contains a high percentage of fast and processed foods which often contain sugars- even though they may not be sweet!
When we add in sodas and sugary beverages- this also includes sports drinks- most adults today are consuming much more sugar than is recommended by the American Heart Association: 9 teaspoons for men and 6 teaspoons for women. A single soda may contain as many as eight teaspoons of sugar!
This increased consumption of sugar causes adverse health affects on both oral health and overall physical well being. Recent studies have shown the connection between our oral health and our overall health: it has been shown that poor dental health is linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and an increased risk of stroke. Sugars also contribute to tooth decay, cavities and gum disease, all of which can lead to complex dental and physical health issues when left untreated. It is more important then ever to visit the dentist twice per year for dental cleanings and a thorough exam!
Dr. Ed Lazer, a general dentist located in Owings Mills, educates his Baltimore area dental patients on the benefits of routine dental care as well as good at home oral hygiene and a healthy lifestyle.
Regular preventive care visits enable Dr. Lazer and his staff to monitor a patient’s oral health, spotting dental problems in their early stages when conservative treatment is effective. Dental cleanings also provide a thorough removal of plaque build up that brushing at home cannot achieve. Dr. Lazer and his staff will take the time to educate their patients on effective brushing and flossing t help them maintain optimal oral health between visits.
Contact Dr. Lazer to schedule and appointment for a dental cleaning- a healthy smile is important for overall health!