How to Fight Sugar Cravings

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Do you ever get sugar cravings? We know from experience that they can be hard to resist. Nonetheless, resisting sugar cravings is essential both for your overall health and for maintaining a healthy smile. To help you stay strong, today we want to share some tips on how to fight sugar cravings.

1. Know What Causes Your Sugar Cravings

The best way to fight your sugar cravings is to gain some awareness around why they occur. For example, the overconsumption of carbohydrates (think breads, potatoes, and grains) can trigger sugar cravings. Dehydration is also a common source of sugar cravings: that mid-afternoon urge to reach for a granola bar or a latte is often your body’s signal that it needs water, not sugar. Stress is another culprit behind your sugar cravings.

2. Know Why Avoiding Sugar Is Important

When it comes to your oral health, limiting your sugar intake is essential. Oral bacteria feed on sugary food particles that stick to your teeth. When oral bacteria break down sugar, they produce acid. Over time, acid wears away your tooth enamel and can irritate your gums. This can lead to cavities, tooth decay, and infection. Avoiding or limiting sugar can help keep your pearly whites healthy and strong.

3. Opt for Healthy Alternatives

Having healthy alternatives available when you’re craving something sweet is a great way to reduce your sugar intake. Fruit, berries, or dates are healthier options that still allow you to get your sweet fix. Yogurt is another great option that’s chock full of protein and calcium. If you just can’t resist the urge to eat some chocolate, opt for dark chocolate instead. It offers healthy antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties while packing less sugar than other chocolate options.

We Have Answers to Your Oral Health Questions

To ask our team any questions about the effects of sugar on your oral health or to schedule your next appointment, call our office today! We look forward to hearing from you.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Lan Tran, Springhurst Hills Dentistry

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