The effects that sugar has on teeth

The effects that sugar has on teeth

Sugar is one of the main culprits that can lead to gum disease, decay and loss of teeth

You probably know that it’s no secret that sugar has detrimental effects on teeth and overall oral health.

The issue with sugar is that it feeds plaque to create acids which lead to tooth decay and cavities.

Find out how the process works by reading on.

How does sugar lead to acid and bacteria?

The mouth is full of bacteria — some are good for your oral health, while others are terrible.

Bacteria which is found in plaque feeds off the sugars you consume to produce acid. Plaque is the sticky stuff that forms on your teeth and gums.

The acid produced is one of the leading causes for enamel erosion, tooth decay and gum problems.

Acids overtime demineralise enamel which is how it leads to decay and cavities. This is exactly the reason why snacking is not recommended by dentists as it only prolongs acid attacks over a greater period of time.

Which foods and drinks are the worst for your oral health?

The worst foods and drinks for your oral health are those full of excess and processed sugars, along with high amounts of carbs.

These foods may include:

  • Lollies and candies
  • Chocolate
  • Cakes and biscuits
  • Canned fruits in syrup
  • Sauces such as tomato or barbecue
  • Sugary breakfast cereals
  • Soft drinks
  • Processed fruit juices
  • Sports drinks
  • Energy drinks
  • Alcohol

These are just a few of the worst foods and drinks for your oral health. Other options which include high amounts of sugar and acids should also be avoided.

How to prevent tooth decay?

Some of the best ways to protect your oral health and prevent tooth decay are the following:

  • Eat a healthy diet – make sure to eat a healthy balanced diet full of nutritious food to make sure you get enough vitamins and minerals. A diet full of vegetables and fruits is a great idea.
  • Avoid sugary treats – where possible choose healthier options over chocolates, lollies, candies, soft drinks and energy drinks.
  • Drink through a straw – when you drink through a straw, a lot of liquid avoids coming into contact with the teeth and the sugar exposure is reduced.
  • Oral hygiene – follow good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing and rinsing your mouth out after eating or drinking. This will help to remove any bacteria or acids in your mouth.
  • Regular dental appointments – make sure to visit the dentist every six months for a check-up and clean. This will help to catch onto any issues early and make sure they’re taken care of.

How can Dental Pearls help you?

At Dental Pearls, we offer six-monthly check-up and clean appointments, which include a dental examination, as well as a cleaning session with our hygienist.

If you would like to learn more about oral health and to book in for a check-up and clean then contact us.

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