I would like to remind my patients that the best way to avoid cavities is to limit your sugar intake (in addition to brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and coming to see me every six months). Note that the quantity of sugar consumed is important, but *the frequency of exposure is critical.* For example, if you drink three cans of soda a day but drink them with meals, you are less likely to get decay than if you were to sip one can a day for several hours and *bathe your teeth in sugar*. When consuming sugary drinks, check the Nutrition Facts. Divide the grams of sugar on the label by 4 to determine how many teaspoons of sugar is in it. A 12 ounce can of Coke has 39 grams (almost 10 teaspoons). 12 ounces of Snapple Iced Tea has 35 1/2 grams (almost 9 teaspoons). An 8 ounce Red Bull has 21 grams of sugar (5 teaspoons). 12 ounces of Gatorade has 21 grams of sugar (5 teaspoons).
The Frequency of Sugar is as Important as Quantity!
by The Silberman Dental Group · · 1 min read