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How to Kep your Teeth Healthy During the Holidays

It’s that time of year again when there are sugary baked goods and homemade food everywhere you turn. This may be good for your taste buds but not so much for your teeth. Eating too much excess sugar can cause cavities which can lead to even more dental problems in the future. We’re here to help you and your teeth through the holidays with our holiday dental tips.

Sugar and You: What You Are Really Consuming

The United States has the highest obesity rate in the world; about 72.5 million American adults are classified as obese. The epidemic is caused by over consumption and not enough exercise and is becoming a serious issue, with some of the leading causes of death in the US being a direct result of obesity (i.e. heart disease, stroke, and diabetes). Because of this, Americans are becoming more conscious of what and how much they are consuming. Calories and sugar are two important factors to consider when monitoring food intake. Let’s take a look at how much Americans are consuming as opposed to how much they should be consuming.

The recommended caloric intake for males that are moderately active is 2,000 to 2,400 per day and 1,800 to 2,200 for women. But with the escalating obesity rates, it is clear that Americans are consuming well over this amount. It is estimated that the average American will take in about 2,700 calories per day. Looking at this statistic, it’s no wonder the US is rapidly putting on the pounds.  By consuming an extra 500 calories per day, a person will gain a pound in just one week!