All of us have heard how bad sugar is for your teeth. Soda, candy, starchy foods, etc… All of these are the usual suspects when it comes to watching your sugar intake.
So we know sugar is bad… We know what to avoid…
The question is why? What exactly is so bad about sugar? What does it really do to your teeth?
Keep reading to find out.
The mouth itself is full of all different kinds of bacteria. Some is good, and some is bad. This is why it is so important to keep up with a proper schedule of dental hygiene and a healthy diet. When you eat or drink something very sugary, there are certain types of bacteria that consume it as well. When these bacteria process and digest the sugar, they produce acids. The acids that these bacteria produce break down tooth enamel in a process called demineralization.
Over time, and especially left untreated by way of proper hygiene and dental appointments, the breakdown of enamel results in cavities. Cavities are holes in your teeth that are full of even more acid producing bacteria. This will lead to the hole being formed deeper and deeper into your tooth. As it makes its way to your tooth’s root, the living part of your tooth, you will experience multiple discomforts. Deep jaw pain, sensitivity to cold/hot foods, painful chewing, and possible tooth loss. So when you heard that “sugar will rot your teeth” growing up, just remember that it is true! Sugar is the leading cause of cavities and tooth decay, and can lead to many other problems as well.
Always remember to stay consistent with your oral hygiene regimen, and to keep up with regular dental appointments and cleanings. Consult your dentist about how you can change your diet, and also what you can do to counteract any damage that may already be started. Schedule your consultation today!