Craving sweets can make it difficult to avoid tooth decay. Some sweets are worse then others, such as liquids. Soda, juice or sweet tea may knock your craving, but the liquids coat your teeth and can lead to faster tooth decay than if you were to eat something like a cookie. While sweets are ok in moderation, the cravings may sometimes get out of hand and be difficult for you manage. Not only that, but unhealthy sugar intake can affect your blood sugar and energy level so that you’re constantly repeating the process of reaching for more sugar. Here are some tips to avoid too much sugar intake, and avoid increasing your risk factors for cavities.
Drink lots of water – Not staying hydrated enough can sometimes send a trigger to your brain that actually makes you feel as if you are hungry. Keep tap water on hand, which has safe levels of fluoride to promote healthy tooth enamel (bottled waters may not have monitored fluoride levels.)
Eat small meals through the day, such as fruits. Keeping food in your stomach more often can help you maintain level blood sugar levels. If your blood sugar falls, you may become hungry for something sweet. Buy fruits to keep on hand such as bananas, apples, strawberries or oranges to curb your appetite stay healthy.
Replace your complex carbohydrate breakfast with something that has more protein and healthy fats. This can help you from feeling hungry so early on in the day.
If you find that you’re craving something sweet, then get busy and distract yourself. Whether it’s going on a 20-minute walk or hitting the gym, exercise can get your mind off of your appetite and helps boost your energy.
Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care
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