If you understand these two statements it will help you manage sugar in your life:
- It’s not the amount of sugar a person consumes that causes cavities.
- It’s the amount of time a tooth is exposed to sugar that causes cavities.
Here’s another way to put it. Some sugar habits cause cavities and other sugar habits cause obesity.
- If you consume a lot of sugary foods (and this includes those foods that have hidden sugar and don’t taste all that sweet) and you do not burn off the calories with exercise, then you will gain weight as your body converts the sugars to fat. BUT… this does not necessarily mean your teeth will decay.
- If every day for hours you bathe your teeth by sipping a single can of warm fizzless sugar cola, or you chew sticks of sugar gum, or you suck on hard candy in just a few months you can have a mouth full of decaying teeth. BUT… this does not necessarily mean you will become obese.