Most of us know that sugar can be harmful to teeth. After all, it feeds acid-producing bacteria in your mouth and can lead to cavities and other problems. While there’s no harm in enjoying a sweet treat every now and then, there are several sugar alternatives that can both satisfy your sweet tooth and keep your teeth healthy. Dr. Clauser and our team at Walden Square Dental have put together the following dentist-approved list of five sugar alternatives.
Xylitol is a natural, plant-based sweetener that tops our list of alternatives for a good reason: it actually has some health benefits! Xylitol helps your mouth maintain a neutral pH and does not feed bacteria, so it can help protect you from cavities and tooth decay.
Stevia has zero calories and comes from a South American shrub. It’s a great alternative for sweetening tea and baking.
3. Coconut Sugar
Coconut sugar comes from the sap of the coconut palm and contains zinc, calcium, iron, and potassium. However, it is high in calories and high in fructose, and still attractive to the bacteria in your mouth. Just like normal sugar, you should use coconut sugar in limited quantities.
4. Maple Syrup
Maple syrup contains minerals and antioxidants, but it still has a high sugar content. Enjoy it on your pancakes occasionally and drink some water afterward to clean your teeth.
Molasses is also a form of sugar, but it does contain some vitamins and minerals that can be beneficial to your health. It is made by boiling down sugar cane juice.
If sugar is a large part of your diet, make sure you have a good oral hygiene routine to help you prevent cavities and tooth decay. Brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time, floss every day, and visit our office regularly for cleanings and exams. To ask our team any questions or to schedule your next appointment, contact our office today!Schedule My Appointment