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How to Eat Sweets You Love with Less Sugar

Posted on 1/15/2020 by Office of Dr. James A. Krippaehne
How to Eat Sweets You Love with Less SugarEveryone loves to indulge in a nice bar of chocolate or a piece of cake every once in a while. However, you may be aware that foods high in sugar content are bad for your teeth.

This is because the bacteria inside your mouth love to eat sugar just like us. When you eat sugar, you give bacteria the ability to grow more rapidly. This can lead to tooth decay. Though sugar is bad for your dental health, there are ways to enjoy sweets while not doing damage to your teeth.

Sugar Alternatives

If you like to bake or make your own sweets, you can use sugar substitutes to reduce the sugar content of the treats you make. One of our favorite sugar alternatives is stevia extract. Stevia is a plant that creates a substance that is sweet like sugar, but isn't damaging to the teeth.

Unlike other artificial sweeteners, stevia can be used in baking, making it the perfect substitute for sugar. Though stevia is a great alternative to sugar, it still needs to be used sparingly. People who eat large quantities of stevia often report upset stomachs and headaches. However, you should be fine with eating a small amount of it from time to time.

Sugar-free Alternatives

If you're not fond of baking or making your own sweets, there's no need to fret. Many of the sweets and snacks you love come with reduced sugar versions. Reducing your sugar intake will not only be great for your teeth but also your body. If you have a sweet tooth, try to find products with reduced sugar or no added sugar, and then, you'll be good to go.

Our dentistry prides itself on dental knowledge. If you have any more questions about how sweets can affect your dental health, give our office a call. We would be happy to answer any questions you have!
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