Why Cutting Candy Isn’t Enough, Part 1

When thinking about your oral health, you probably remember how often you’ve been told not to eat too much candy of your teeth will rot out. Just about everyone has been told that at some point in their lives, and so we generally know not to eat too much candy. There is a problem with that, though. Learn why cutting isn’t enough.

Candy isn’t the only culprit when it comes to sugar and decay. Candy is only the most obvious. Our society thinks that if we keep the candy away, our family’s teeth will be fine. You will quickly learn that cutting candy isn’t enough.

Over the next two blog posts, we are going to take a look at sugar and how it affects your body and teeth. The number of decay cases we see at our Houston, TX dentist office are growing, and it’s, in large part, due to the excessive amounts of sugar we eat from unexpected sources.

Where Can Sugar Be Found?

The better question is where can sugar NOT be found. Pick up just about any processed food at the store and check the label. You will find sugar (in all forms) in just about everything! Sugar takes many forms, so it’s important that you know how to identify it so that you know exactly how much is going into your body!

Pasta/Bread – We love our pasta and bread (sometimes together!) in the United States. Unfortunately, pasta and bread are loaded with carbohydrates, which should be spelled S-U-G-A-R.

Potatoes – Potatoes are technically a vegetable, but the amount of carbohydrates in a potato (or an ear of corn, for that matter) is alarming. Especially when you consider how often we eat potatoes or potato products!

Sauces and Condiments – The next time you buy a bottle of ketchup, check out the list of ingredients. Now think about how often your child wants ketchup with his food!

The Downward Spiral of Sugar Intake

The problem with sugar is difficult to explain. You see, your body needs a little bit of sugar to operate, but what we don’t often remember is that your body is capable of turning protein into sugar. In other words, you don’t need to add any extra sugar to your diet!

Sugar actually affects your brain. It activates the reward center of your brain, which makes you believe that you are getting a treat. Who doesn’t want more treats in their life? That’s just what your brain tells your body. Once you eat sugar, your body wants more because it makes you feel good!

Some research shows that the pancreas doesn’t actually use all of the available sugar for energy. Instead, it turns that sugar into fat to store for later. Your body, looking for that energy, tells the brain that you need more food, which will eventually lead to weight gain and other obesity-related conditions, like diabetes and heart disease.

The Impact on Your Teeth

Your body is not the only thing affected. Your teeth are going to undergo major problems with a sugar-filled diet. Take a look at some of the most common problems associated with the overconsumption of sugar.

Decay – We all know that sugar causes decay. It gets stuck to our teeth where bacteria can come to find it. The bacteria produces acid as a byproduct, and your enamel gets destroyed.

Dehydration – Sugary beverages don’t keep you as hydrated as beverage companies would like for you to believe. The only drink that keeps your body hydrated is water. If your body becomes dehydrated, it isn’t able to produce enough saliva for your mouth, which will lead to dry mouth conditions and more decay.

Weak Enamel – Your teeth need nutrients and minerals from the food that you eat. A diet high in sugar and carbohydrates has very little nutrients and minerals. The result is weak tooth enamel and decay.

Check Back for Part 2

We are going to continue our conversation about sugar and how it affects your teeth and body in our next blog post, so check back with us. Our next post will give you some ideas about how you can help yourself get away from sugar addiction.

In the meantime, contact our office to set up appointments for your family. We would love to help you learn more about how to care for your teeth with the foods that you eat, so call today!

 Chew Good. Look Good. Feel Good.


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A Journey to Smile and Success

At our dental clinic, we often witness incredible transformations in the lives of our patients. One such remarkable story is that of Cristina, a determined and passionate individual who underwent a life-changing dental journey with us. From dental implants to lower braces, Cristina’s story is a testament to the power of a confident smile and the pursuit of dreams.

The Dreamer’s Dilemma

Cristina had always been passionate about cooking and sharing her culinary creations with others. Her love for food led her to dream of owning her own food truck, specializing in serving the best Pupusas in Houston. However, a dental issue was holding her back from pursuing her dream.

A Smile That Couldn’t Shine

For years, Cristina had struggled with missing teeth, making it difficult for her to eat her own delicious food creations. She watched her customers relish her dishes while she could only envy their enjoyment. Moreover, her inability to smile confidently made it challenging for her to connect with her customers on a personal level. It was a dream deferred, but Cristina was not ready to give up.

A Dental Transformation Begins

Determined to turn her dream into reality, Cristina sought our dental expertise. We recommended a comprehensive treatment plan that would involve dental implants to replace her missing teeth and lower braces to straighten the ones that could be saved. Cristina was ready to embark on her dental transformation journey.

Rediscovering the Joy of Eating

The dental implant procedure was a game-changer for Cristina. With her new set of teeth, she could finally taste her creations and enjoy the flavors she had been missing out on for so long. The simple act of eating became a joyful experience, and her passion for cooking grew stronger than ever.

A Smile That Radiates Confidence

As Cristina’s lower braces gradually worked their magic, her smile began to transform. No longer shy about her teeth, she radiated confidence and warmth when interacting with her customers. Her newfound self-assurance not only boosted her business but also made her feel like she was living her dream.

The Birth of Houston’s Best Pupusa Food Truck

With her smile restored, her passion for food rekindled, and her confidence at an all-time high, Cristina took the leap and opened her own food truck. Houston was about to experience the best Pupusas it had ever seen. Cristina’s dream had finally come true.

A Journey of Transformation

Cristina’s journey from dental implants to lower braces was truly life-changing. She not only regained her ability to eat and smile but also achieved her dream of becoming a successful food truck owner. Her story reminds us of the incredible impact that dental care can have on a person’s life, and it also serves as a testament to the power of determination and passion.

If you have a dream or a goal that seems out of reach due to dental issues, remember Cristina’s story. With the right dental care and determination, you can achieve anything you set your mind to. At our clinic, we’re here to help you make that journey towards a healthier, happier smile.

Contact us today and let us be a part of your transformation. Together, we can help you achieve your dreams and share your joy with the world, just like Cristina and The Best Pupusas in Houston.

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