Most Miami dentists will agree: Too much sugar is bad for your oral health. Sugar sticks to tooth enamel, and most individuals do not brush and floss well enough to completely remove it. The leftover sugar deposits become a food source for oral bacteria, creating the ideal environment for growth. Oral bacteria secrete an acid while feeding on the sugar, the acid slowly eats away at tooth enamel, and eventually a “cavity” is formed. When left untreated, the growth of oral bacteria may spread to the gums where it causes infection and the gum disease gingivitis.
For Assure A Smile, however, the cause for concern over sugar extends far beyond the prevention of cavities and gum disease.
“We believe sugar is being consumed in toxic quantities,”
Dr. Herrmann explains that the side effects of sugar consumption far outweigh the short-lived pleasure one gets from indulging their sweet tooth. Dr. Herrmann contests that rampant sugar consumption in the U.S. may be the leading cause of serious illnesses like Type II Diabetes, obesity, heart disease, hypertension, and may even fuel the growth of cancerous tumors. For further evidence, Dr. Herrmann cites new research from two leading U.S. medical universities:
On the West Coast, researchers have found evidence that sugar may play a larger role in the development of obesity and heart disease than conventional medicine once thought. As Dr. Robert Lustig of the University of California, S.F., states, rapid weight gain, heart disease, and type II Diabetes may all be the product of a diet high in sugary foods and drinks (i). According to his studies, sugar quickly enters the blood stream, flows to the liver, and triggers the production of fatty acids. Sugar also increases the production of LDL cholesterol, the “bad cholesterol”
Unfortunately, Dr. Lustig’s research findings are not isolated. One the other side of the country, Harvard Medical School researchers have made an even more alarming discovery. Dr. Lewis Cantley, a Harvard professor of cellular biology, has released findings that show sugar may also trigger growth in cancerous tumors (ii). Dr. Cantley’s studies have found that cancerous tumors have glucose receptors, much like ordinary body cells. When ingested sugar comes into contact with the tumor, it binds to those receptors and stimulates growth just as if the tumor were a normal, healthy body cell.
Assure A Smile’s campaign to spread awareness for sugar toxicity is rooted in a unique and comprehensive approach to density. The Miami dental practice differs from more traditional offices by offering a holistic approach that places an emphasis on total body wellness. This application of holistic dentistry leads to a fuller analysis and understanding of oral health issues, which ultimately helps patients to better care for their bodies and preserves life-long well being.
South Florida residents are invited to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive dental cleaning and holistic health consultation online at http://www.assureasmile.com. This May, the health professionals at Assure A Smile are committed to helping patients learn more about the toxicity of sugar, as well as provide guidance in identifying and moderating daily sugar intake. Readers may also call 305-274-0047 to schedule directly.
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Lustig RH, Schmidt LA, Brindis CD. Public health: The toxic truth about sugar. Nature. 2012 Feb 2; 482(7383):27-
(ii) Locasale JW, Cantley LC. Altered metabolism in cancer. BMC Biol. 2010; 8:88.