Family Dentistry

Could Your Sweet Tooth Be Genetic?

October 30, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Suchi Chalasani
Dentist Royal Oak

You can't get enough when it comes to candy, cake, or ice cream! It seems that your sweet tooth is out of control at times. But is this your fault? A new study out of Copenhagen is finding that it may not be. Your sweet tooth may actually be a result of genetics! Researchers will need to do some additional studies as the first round relied heavily on patients to self-report their sweets preference and results on their own. However, early results are leaning toward a link between genetics and sweet preferences.

While this may be good news, you still have to manage your sweet tooth in order to protect your oral health as well as your overall health and well being. Your dentist in Royal Oak, MI has some helpful tips for keeping your sweet tooth under control.

Fill Your Meals With Protein

When you eat foods that are high in protein during your meals, it helps to satiate you, which makes it easier to pass on dessert afterward. Boost your protein intake with legumes and nuts, which also make satisfying snacks in between meals.

Eat More Fruits

Go for the natural sweetener you find in fruits. This will give you the sweet taste you are seeking and is also a healthier choice for your body.

Eat Regularly

Eating your meals at regular times will also help diminish your cravings for sweet snacks. Try to eat your meals at the same time each day, and have some fruits or nuts available for snacks in between.

You can also feel free to indulge your sweet tooth, just do so in moderation. Just be sure to brush soon after sweet snacks and visit your team at Family Dentistry of Royal Oak every six months for routine cleaning appointments and checkups! 

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