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New Studies Explains How Sugar Consumption Is Causing Rising Dental Bills

Eating sugar and sugar-filled products is driving the cost of tooth care through the roof according to a recent study from a German university.

Eating sugar and sugar-filled products is driving the cost of tooth care through the roof according to a recent study from a German university.

The study from the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) looked at sugar and what the report calls “hidden” sugar as found in processed food, soft drinks, condiments, bread and desserts.

“The data shows a clear correlation between the consumption of sugar and the incidence of caries (cavities), parodontitis (periodontitis, gum disease) and, as a result, tooth loss,” said Dr. Toni Meier from the Institute of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences at the MLU. Dr. Meier was the lead author of the report published in the International Journal of Dental Research.

The dental study shows that for every 25 grams of sugar consumed in a day, the cost of dental care goes up by $100 a year per person. A glass of sweetened lemonade contains 25 grams of sugar on average.

‘The study points out that beating sugar is hard to do. So much of the processed food you buy in the store has added sugar,” said Dr. Adrian Vande Merwe. Dr. Merwe is the dentist at the Dr. Adrian Vande Merwe cosmetic, restorative and family dental office. He serves the Bountiful, Centerville and North Salt Lake City communities. “You can get rid of sugar in your daily diet if you try. Your teeth and your whole body will thank you.”

More than dental bills are rising because of excess sugar in a diet.

The Mayo Clinic says there is a very clear link between oral health and the health of the rest of the body. Some of these problems, which can start in the mouth, are debilitating. “Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of your heart (endocardium). Endocarditis typically occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to damaged areas in your heart,” says the Mayo report.

Dr. Merwe said cutting back on sugar can be done by following a few simple tips.

“Don’t drink sodas. Drink water. Drink fruit juice sparingly because it has plenty of sugar and often acids as well. Cut back on sugary treats. Instead of candy or pastries, eat fresh fruit. Yes, things like apples have natural sugar, but you also get fiber and plenty of vitamins. Fresh fruit provides a great balance of sugar and needed nutrients,” he said.

Cutting back sugar consumption will also reduce the bills from the dentist’s office, so it is good news all the way around, Dr. Merwe said.

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