Do you have a sweet tooth?

Sugar consumption continues to rise.

The chances are that many people from the Battersea and Clapham Junction areas reading this blog post will have a sweet tooth, at least to some degree. Even if we prefer savoury to sweet, it is unlikely that we will be able to avoid a fair amount of sugar in our daily intake. Indeed, there can even be a surprising amount of sugar included in some savoury foods!

The high levels of sugar consumed these days is a relatively recent phenomenon and older societies would certainly not have consumed anything like the amount of sugar that we currently do. Although research has shown that sweet goods such as honey were exceptionally popular with ancient Greek and Roman societies, the fact is that the rest of their diet would have been near sugar free.

This is the Modern World

There is little doubt that fewer of us now have time to prepare meals from scratch, or have other priorities. In turn this has led us to consume an ever increasing amount of convenience food. Even good quality microwave meals though, often have a surprisingly high amount of sugars in them.

Where’s the harm?

Whilst we all enjoy sweet food from time to time, the fact that sugar is included in so many foods has led us to the point where some people are probably addicted to sugar without even realising it. Even if we left cakes and chocolate out of the equation, we would definitely notice the change in taste of everyday foods if sugar was left out. This is something that food manufacturers are fully aware of and, in effect, feed our sugar addiction.

Whilst there are general health implications in the amount of sugar that we eat; one of the areas that we are likely to notice our sugar intake the most is in the state of our teeth. Sugar feeds the bacteria in our mouths and acids are formed which go on to attack the enamel that protects our teeth. When this barrier has become worn or broken away, it exposes the inner parts of our tooth to bacterial attack, often resulting in decay and toothache.

Whilst we can now fill your teeth with teeth coloured fillings at the Confidental Clinic , even this not a good scenario, and, if the damage to the tooth is too extensive, it may have to be removed altogether. When this happens with a number of teeth it can have a major impact on our lives.

Fighting back

With major gains made in helping people to stop smoking in recent years, health bodies now seem to be turning their attention to sugar. A particular target is the amount of hidden sugars that are included in foods and drinks that young children tend to enjoy. The consumption of these foods and drinks in the early years is highly likely to result in a high sugar diet throughout their lives.

At the Confidental Clinic in Clapham, we provide advice on diet and the importance of cutting down on sugars to protect our teeth, as well as intervening with dental treatments when necessary. Please call us on 020 7801 9060 to make an appointment.