Dentist Sandy Springs: Cutting Sugar Intake

We consume way too much sugar.

Current guidelines from the World Health Organization, set in 2002, recommend that free sugars should make up less than 10% of total energy intake each day.  And while the new draft guidelines offer the same recommendation, the WHO also suggest that reducing sugar intake to less than 5% of total energy intake each day – the equivalent to 6 teaspoons for an adult of normal body mass index (BMI) – would offer additional benefits.

Notably, the WHO is concerned about how the consumption of free sugars contributing to the prevalence of dental diseases.  Recent figures show that worldwide, 60-90% of school children and almost 100% of adults have dental cavities.

In the US, consumption of sugary drinks is high.  Data from a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey show that 50% of the population consumes sugary drinks on any given day, while 5% consume at least 567 kcal from sugary drinks on any given day – the equivalent to four cans of cola.   Less than 5% of daily calorie intake from sugar would offer additional benefits to the consuming population.

While we can’t help you with your dietary intake, we can give you guidance concerning your oral health condition.  Contact us in our Sandy Springs office for your complimentary consultation.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328


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50 Shades of White – Teeth Bleaching

mature-female-smilingHow white is enough?  Well, no one really knows given the rush in recent years to have a white smile.  What we do know, is that there are additional benefits beyond bleaching your teeth.  So while attempting to achieve the right smile with a bright smile, whitening your teeth with 10% carbamide peroxide may actually help prevent cavities (dental caries).[1]  The bacteria that causes cavities flourish when the pH of your mouth is slightly acidic, which is a bi-product when you eat or drink. There is evidence according to Dr. Van Hayword of GRU that a 10% carbamide peroxide bleaching gel in a custom tray can help elevate the pH, which helps fight decay.[2] There is also some evidence that the same regimen can help keep plaque from forming on the teeth, which may help prevent gum disease.

Deciding how white is enough is a personal decision where weighing the costs and benefits of any cosmetic transformation probably should involve the input of your dental provider.  I encourage you to contact your dentist if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.[3]

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328


[1] Carbamide peroxide (10% and 15%) has been classified by the United States Food and Drug Association as Category 1, which means there is sufficient data to demonstrate that these agents are safe and effective for use in the oral cavity as oral antiseptic agents (Haywood, 1993; Dental Product Spotlight, 2001).

[2] Van B. Haywood, DMD, Department of Oral Rehabilitation, School of Dentistry, Georgia Regents University.