Sugar: How much is too much?

Take a moment and think about the kinds of things you’ve eaten or had to drink today. How many of those things are loaded with sugar? The average American consumes around 22 teaspoons of sugar every single day and most unfortunately don’t even realize the repercussions of this habit. Both on their teeth and their body. Aside from salt, sugar is easily the most inescapable food additive used by Americans today.

The American Heart Association recommends that we consume a maximum of 9 teaspoons of sugar per day. We are effortlessly doubling that number every day but to be honest, we’re not getting that much help from the foods and drinks that surround our daily lives. One can of soda contains an average of 10 teaspoons already and for some of us, that’s just the starting point!


Aside from the most talked about consequences of consuming sugar (obesity, heart disease, diabetes, etc), we are going to highlight the  aftereffect of sugar on your mouth, teeth and gums.


As you already know, sugar plays a key and harmful role in tooth decay. The bacteria that fashion together to produce plaque use sugar as their energy source and will thrive in large quantities of any sugary substance. Sugar will act as acid on surfaces of your teeth, resulting in the wearing of enamel. In time, this acid producing bacteria will wear away the enamel to where tiny holes will begin to form- this is the development of a cavity.

This evolution of tooth decay is significantly increased in children. Remember when I talked about the average American consuming 22 teaspoons of sugar daily? Well, that was a statistic for the average American adult. Children average about 32 teaspoons of sugar per day! And the biggest culprit– you guessed it: soda! It is especially imperative to watch your children’s sugar consumption while they are at a young age. Watch when they brush, limit soda and candy and teach them how to establish a healthy diet.

Keep you and your family’s teeth clean and free of harmful bacteria by brushing after meals and sugary snacks. Remember to floss and always teach your children the ways of good oral hygiene. Visit your dentist twice a year for regular check-ups to keep everything in control. Have any questions or need to schedule a cleaning, visit our website @ or give us a call: (303) 399-0400!