Every once in a while we all crave something sweet, or maybe more often than not. However, even as great as these sweet treats taste they have a way of affecting our dental health.
Sugar And Your Teeth
Sugar is bad for us in many ways and our general health, but it’s especially harmful for our teeth. We have an assortment of microbiomes composed of dozens of species of bacteria, both hurtful and helpful, that can generate more per day. Harmful bacteria enjoy the sugar that tastes great to us. Bacteria feeds on the sugar that adheres to our teeth and release acid that waste away enamel, causing tooth decay.
Usually we can keep the amount of bacteria under control on our teeth by flossing and brushing each day, but your teeth will appreciate you steering away from excess sugar. Now, how do we appease those sweet tooth cravings and not make all those harmful bacteria happy too? By cooking sugar-free desserts, of course!
Healthier Sweet Options
We can decrease our sugar without taking away our sweets when we cook. Depending on your budget some of these options can be a bit costly and could play a part in what you can use.
Rebaudioside A is a polyol or sugar alcohol produced by Stevia, a leafy South American plant. It has been found safe to use to add to your food when cooking and has been approved by the FDA. Now what makes Rebaudioside better for your teeth then sugar? Guess what! The bad bacteria in our mouths are unable to digest sugar alcohols. So we can have the pleasure of eating a sweet treat but they don’t. It only takes a small about to compare the sweetness to sugar using only 1 teaspoon as apposed to 1 cup of sugar. On the flip side, it can possibly leave a bitter aftertaste in your mouth if you accidentally use a little too much.
Xylitol and Erythritol
Two more sugar alcohols that can been used as sugar replacement are Xylitol and erythritol. Recognize xylitol? That’s because it is found in sugar-free gum. Although it is better for you to use this over other sugar alcohols-and recommended by dentists-it can result in uncomfortable digestion if you have too much of it. Erythritol does not have the same negative effect, but is pretty pricey.
Fruit is an excellent alternative to sugar. Figs, bananas, dates, and unsweetened applesauce are great options to replace sugar in a recipe. There will be a lot less sugar in your dessert, but it will still be moist and taste just as sweet. Something your teeth will be grateful for. Fruits contain a kind of sugar called fructose, which is what makes them so sweet, but will allow you to decrease sugar by using pureed fruit instead of table sugar.
Want some more ideas for a sugar-free treat? Check out this sugar-free cheesecake recipe below!
Keep Up With Your Oral Health Basics
It is very important to keep up your oral hygiene no matter what we may cut out of our diet. Brush at least twice a day, floss minimum once a day, and make sure to schedule your cleaning at least every six months. And the next time you come in bring your favorite sugar-free dessert recipes with you!
Your Dental Health Is Our First Priority!
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