– What’s up, guys? This is Dr. O, and if you
stay tuned to this one, I’m gonna give you an idea of how to stay out of the dental chair and
basically avoid seeing me. Isn’t that weird? Why would I give an idea
of how to avoid seeing me? I don’t know, I’m gonna talk
myself out of a business. This is a bad idea. I’m gonna do it anyways. You know, I think this
will help a ton of people, and I’m pretty excited to talk about it. It’s a question that we have
all the time at our practice. Patients have tooth decay. They weren’t even aware of it, and they’re wondering how in
the world did I get a cavity. They brush, they floss even. They still have tooth decay. So, the question would be, hey, is it the sugar that’s
causing tooth decay? And that’s what the title
of this video is about, is does sugar really cause tooth decay? I think most people would say well, yeah. Duh, sugar causes tooth decay. That’s what I’ve always been told, is avoid candy, and I’m
gonna be pretty well set. I’m not gonna have tooth decay. Or just have one soda
instead of six sodas. And you know, is this worse than this? Does one have more sugar? I don’t know, this one’s got 140 calories and 39 grams of sugar. And then this extra sweet tea, so we went all out. This is like McDonald’s sweet tea. Have you guys ever had
McDonald’s sweet tea? Take off the lid and see that it doesn’t even move like a float. It’s pretty awesome. It’s like a gel. But this has 65 grams of
sugar in this extra sweet tea. That’s intense. And then the soda, for
one serving is 39 gram. So your argument might be
hey, soda’s got more sugar. It’s gonna cause more tooth decay. Plaque is bacterial mass
that builds up on your teeth, and obviously that’s why
we brush and we floss, to remove that, and the
more you remove that, the less obviously there is
and the better off you are as far as bacteria buildup on your teeth. So we know that plaque harbors bacteria. Well, bacteria can’t do
anything without sugar, and consequently, neither can we. So, it’s obvious that we’re gonna have to consume sugar to live. There’s very few people that can commit to a diet that doesn’t consume any sugar or simple sugars or carbohydrates. Those might be like the keto
diet, you might have heard of, I don’t think has hardly any carbohydrates or any sugars that are allowed. And therefore, the bacteria
wouldn’t have hardly any source of food in the mouth to consume and turn into lactic acid. But that’s like the only diet, and it’s very difficult for people to commit to that and live that way. So if you’re like me and
probably almost everybody else, you love sugar in some sort of fashion, whether it’s a simple
sugar or carbohydrates, we need ’em obviously
for our body to work, for our brain to think, and
so sugars are necessary. If sugar causes tooth decay,
then we all consume sugar. Then why don’t we all have cavities? And that’s kind of what I wanna answer. And that gets us to our third component of what is causing cavities in
our teeth, and that is time. Obviously, this has to amount to bacteria and sugar over time. And the biggest thing is
not the quantity of sugar. It’s the quantity of time that
we have sugar on our teeth. And because that’s the answer
to what causes cavities, we need to think about
the habits that we have. And ultimately, that’s the biggest factor in avoiding tooth decay. Is it the student that
drinks Red Bull to stay awake and study for his or her exam? The person that has the desk job and maybe goes to Kum and Go or goes to the gas station
on the way into work. And they grab that Big Gulp,
and they set it on their desk. And they maybe take till two in the afternoon to finish that drink. That’s super damaging because even though it’s only one beverage, it’s consumed over a long period of time. Therefore, the acidity
in between their teeth is gonna be high for hours,
and that’s gonna cause a lot of damage to their teeth. Is it the stay-at-home mom that because she’s working so hard to take care of the home and the kids
and take care of them, she’s distracted throughout the morning. She’s trying to enjoy her cup of coffee but just can’t finish it ’cause
the kids want this and that. We gotta take ’em to school
and then get back home. And she has to reheat her
coffee multiple times. That’s a story I get often, is the stay-at-home mom or somebody who’s staying at home
taking care of the family is struggling to complete a coffee that might just have maybe just creamer. But creamer has what? Lactose, and lactose is a sugar. So it’s broken down by the bacteria, turned into lactic
acid, and if you consume that coffee over a three
or four hour time period, you’ll cause significant
damage to your teeth. The point of the video is
really to draw attention to the habits of how
we might consume sugar, basically the delivery method of sugar. The delivery methods
are the most damaging, not the quantity. Matter of fact, I could sit here, and I could chug this entire soda, and it won’t cause hardly any acid to be sitting on my teeth
for a long period of time. Yes, granted it’s acidic itself. There’s sugar in it. The bacteria will use that. But after about 20 minutes
when I’m done with the soda, my saliva will wash away most
of the sugar that’s there. The bacteria will have
consumed most of it, and it won’t be breaking down into acid in between my teeth or around my teeth. Whereas, if I were to take this, which is much less in quantity, right? I don’t know, I mean,
this is like 18 ounces. This is like 67 ounces, so much less as far as quantity. But if I took this same beverage, and I decided I’m working
really hard today, but I need sugar every once in a while to keep myself awake and motivated, and I put this next to my desk
and I’m just sipping on it, I’m giving a lot more sugar over time for those bacteria to break
down and turn into acid. So, that habit, if I did that daily, once every week or ever so often, that’s not gonna cause it. It’s gonna be the daily habit. And so that’s what I’m
trying to draw attention to to try to really help
people to avoid going to the dentist with tooth decay that they’re just shocked they have and didn’t realize that something simple like the consumption of sugar over time was really what’s damaging their teeth. All right, so you’re saying to yourself, okay Dr. O, I get it. I need to address the habits to the way I might be consuming sugar. I’m doing it over time. I go to the gas station and
get that Big Gulp every day. I go to Starbucks and get that frap. I understand how that causes damage. I’m gonna stop doing that. But man, how do I stay awake? What can I do? What are some of the basically rules to live by when you’re talking about consuming any
beverage that has sugar? Kind of something I just think is kind of a common sense
way of addressing it, if your coffee is cooling
off in a regular cup, not a thermos, not one
of these cool Thermoses that keep it hot for like 12 hours. But if it’s cooling off enough to where it’s not good anymore, that would be a good time to stop. That might be what? 30 minutes, something like that. And same thing for
something that’s ice cold. So if you’re having your soda, and after the ice is melted in 30 minutes, and it’s just not really
that great anymore, that’s when you should say,
you know what, I’m done. So, really the idea would
be 30 minutes or less. Consuming it with a meal is best. That’s how you might wanna
consider still being able to enjoy some of those delicious beverages without causing the same
damage that the habit of consuming it over time, many hours preferably, would cause. And so, hopefully that
gives you some insight into some ways to live and adapt, this consequence of maybe the sugar habit that you might have. Thanks for listening. I hope you found that the discussion about how the habits
that we have with sugar is what truly causes tooth decay, and that you found it useful, and it keeps you out of the dental office. What am I doing? I’m keeping you out of our office. This is crazy, but it might
be useful to you, right? You wanna stay out of the dental chair. I can still see you if you
come in and see a hygiene, and you don’t have any cavities. We can still high-five, have a good time, and then you can go home
without any cavities to fix. How slick would that be? If you found this video enjoyable, definitely give it a like. Smash the thumb’s up if
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awesome day and keep smiling. The daily frap, the daily cappuccino or latte that you might get at Starbucks. Dadgummit, I love coffee. I can’t believe I’m doing this. I can’t believe I’m doing this. I’m telling people not
to go to Starbucks daily.