In the last twenty years dentists have been performing more extractions, root canals, and fillings than ever before. Dental disease is on the rise and appears to be more widespread and aggressive. Why is this? We all know sugar consumption is linked to dental decay. But what we do not realize is how much our sugar consumption over the last fifty years has increased. Are you ready for this? We have tripled our sugar consumption over the past half a century. Soft drinks and cheap processed foods are just the start. With our fast paced lived come fast paced diets including carbohydrate rich meals, sugar laden snacks, sweets and chocolates and caffeine sugary drinks. With these products more readily available our waistlines are expanding, heart disease is on the rise, and our rate of dental decay is skyrocketing.
Our ancestors enjoyed sugar only at certain times of the year and only in natural forms such as honey and fruits. However, it is now found in nearly all processed foods. In some areas of the world it is not uncommon to consume more than 500 calories worth of sugar a day. It is linked to 35 million deaths per year and the effects of excess sugar consumption are similar to those of alcohol including increased high blood pressure, high blood fats, and insulin resistance and diabetes to name a few. For the first time in human history, non-communicable diseases such as cancer and diabetes pose a greater health burden than infectious disease. The evidence points strongly to the connection of more readily available high sugar diets than ever before.
We have made great advancements in medicine and nutrition but we are still seeing a rise in the decline of our oral health as well as our overall health. It is time to make a change! At Axiom Dentistry, we challenge you to start your summer out by cutting back on your sugar intake for sixty days. We bet you will feel amazingly different!