Tricks to Fight Sugar Cravings

Sugar makes a lot of foods tasty, but it can also cause a lot of damage to your teeth. If you want to maintain your oral health, it is essential to limit the amount of sugar you consume. When sugar cravings strike, there are some tricks you can employ to fight them. 

Swap Sodas with Carbonated Water

Carbonated water can be one of the best ways to quench thirst, so try swapping sodas and other sweet drinks with plain or carbonated water. You can add a splash of lemon juice or mint for more flavor. 

Eat Whole Foods

Most processed foods contain sugar, and they are generally low in essential nutrients. In contrast, whole foods like nuts, fruits, and vegetables have nutrients that support your overall health, including your oral health. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables can help reduce sugar cravings as well, so make them part of your diet. 

Eat Regularly

If you wait too long between meals, you may experience more powerful sugar cravings. Eat something every three to five hours to avoid drops in blood sugar. Opt for protein- and fiber-rich foods. 

Indulge Responsibly

Stopping cold turkey is not easy for most people, and it can lead to worse cravings that lead you to consume more sugary options. Instead, allow yourself a small amount of your favorite sugary snack or drink. This will help keep cravings in check while still allowing you to reduce your sugar intake. 

Get Your Dental Checkup

Whether you consume large amounts of sugary drinks or foods or stick to a low-sugar diet, you want to make certain you get regular checkups from your dentist. Having healthy teeth depends on catching tooth decay early — and that is what you can expect when you turn to dental experts like David W. Piper, DMD. 

Schedule your appointment right now by calling (727) 548-7100.


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