20 billion. Let that sink in for a second. Americans are buzzed with a sugar addiction. Research shows that we get on average about 13% of our daily calories from added processed sugars — the amount equal to a can of soda. This alarming fact excludes naturally occurring sugars that come from foods such as apples or milk.
Take a moment and picture your teeth like piano keys placed in many wacky positions. For example, some protrude forward, others sink in backward. Some even overlap. You notice that the piano keys have not been cleaned in a while because of the nice layer of dust on top. You grab a duster and clean them. Once finished, you notice dust still remaining in the crevices. You may even notice there are some areas that look impossible to reach. This analogy is like malocclusion.
Let’s admit it. You have shared a spoon with your child or drank from a friend's cup. Maybe you kissed a pet or brushed with a partner's toothbrush. Seems innocent . . . right? But, what if we looked at these innocent actions through a microscope, what do you think we might find? The answer . . . is a lot of bacteria. Studies have shown that a single kiss with your partner can send up to 80 million bacteria. Gross! So, have you ever wondered if you could catch gum disease from someone you know?