Why Cutting Candy Isn’t Enough, Part 2

In our previous post, we began the discussion of the dangers of sugar. Knowing just how damaging sugar can be is only half of the battle. Once you understand how you and your family are at risk, you have to make some tough decisions.

So, What Can Be Done?

In order to truly overcome sugar, you have to change the habits you have. At least, these are the habits that many of us have! Research shows that you don’t have to cut all extra sugar out of your diet in order to be healthy, but we do need to cut back a lot. Studies show that adults get an extra 20 teaspoons of sugar (sweeteners added to processed food) EACH DAY. If we can cut that back to six-nine teaspoons, we will be much better off.

Change the Way You Shop

The process of consuming less sugar begins with the way you shop. When was the last time you turned a box or bottle over and read the list of ingredients? Luckily, you don’t have to begin shopping at a specialty grocery store (though some patients find that to be very helpful).

Some food companies are hearing the cry for less sugar, so you can often find an alternative to your usual brand. All you have to do is look! You will sometimes see the label, “No added sugar” or “No high fructose corn syrup,” but it is a good idea to check the label just to be sure.

It is also helpful to make a list and stick to it! It’s much easier to make a healthy decision when you are sitting at home making the list instead of standing in front of the grocery aisle. Stores know how tempted we are, and they won’t make it easy for you!

Change the Way You Eat

Changing the way you eat is much easier said than done. We eat the way we eat for a reason, but some families can make changes to their diet and meal-preparing process simply by making a decision to do so.

Quick and easy prepared food at the grocery is not what’s best for your family. It is full of sweeteners and added sugar (even the savory meals!) that you just don’t need! Take some time to check the labels the next time you go shopping. It’s ok to keep these types of meals for emergencies (because they are usually better than eating fast food), but try something different.

Fresh vegetables and proteins are a great way to cut back on the amount of sugar your family is exposed to. Preparing food this way takes more time, but the benefit far outweighs the cost. Many families find meal preparation easier with a slow-cooker and preparing freezer meals ahead of time for those busy weeknights when everything is going at once!

Change the Way You Drink

One of our biggest problems in this country is our addiction to sweet beverages. Whether it is juice, sweet tea, special coffee drinks, or soda, every time you indulge in one of these sweet drinks, you are bathing your smile in more sugar! And don’t think that diet drinks are your savior. For example, diet soda is actually more acidic than regular soda, and research is showing that it makes your body crave even more sugar!

It’s good to get in the habit of drinking water throughout the day. Keep a reusable water bottle next to you at all times. We also encourage you to get your children to drink milk during meals. For many people, breaking the sweet drink habit is the most difficult part of breaking the sugar addiction.

Why cutting candy isn't enough part 2

Care For Your Teeth!

As we said in our previous post, partaking in sugar is not the end of your health, but over-indulging in sugar absolutely can be! Even if you cut most of the added sugar out of your diet, you will still find naturally occurring sugars in the fruit and vegetables that you eat. That’s why no matter what happens with your diet, you should always make dental care a top priority.

Brushing, flossing, and using an antiseptic mouthrinse are three great ways to maintain your healthy, clean teeth at home. Coming into the office for a cleaning every six months is yet another way that you can prioritize your smile’s health.

Contact Our Office Today!

Decay prevention is the name of the game. If you can avoid decay, you can expect to see your teeth last for the rest of your life. Caring for your teeth is only part of the battle. Avoiding harmful things, like sugar, is necessary for maintaining a healthy smile.

Contact our office today to set up your next cleaning and exam. We can’t wait to hear from you soon and help you have a happier, healthier smile today!

 Chew Good. Look Good. Feel Good.


It can be easy to lose sight of a few important things. One thing which often gets overlooked is the importance of your oral health. At Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX, we’re proud to offer the convenience of same-day dental cleanings and exams and quality procedures for everything from braces to dental implants. Schedule an appointment and see why our patients love us.

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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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