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Should I eliminate sugar from my diet to help prevent tooth decay?

Rita Medwid
Dentist
Eliminating sugar from your diet is not the answer, and keeps you from some of life's sweetest pleasures. Many foods from bread, to danish, to raisins all have by-products that beak down the enamel and cause the tooth to decay. Enjoy your foods, but just be diligent in keeping the teeth food free.
Foods that contain sugars of any kind can contribute to tooth decay. Almost all foods, including milk or vegetables, have some type of sugar. However, they shouldn't be removed from our diets because many of them contain important nutrients. And they add pleasure to eating. To help control the amount of sugar you consume, read food labels and choose foods and beverages that are low in added sugars. Added sugars often are present in soft drinks, candy, cookies and pastries.
Sugar is everywhere. You cannot get away from it! The key is to not allow it to stay on your teeth for extended periods of time. I know you have heard before that we should limit our between meal snacks. Well, they were right. It is that simple. If you sip all day you will get decay. 

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