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How Does Sugar Affect Your Dental Health?

July 16, 2019 - by Dr. Alpa Dalal - in Community, Health

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How Does Sugar Affect Your Dental Health?

You’ve probably heard many times that drinking sugary beverages and eating sweets are bad for overall oral health. That’s the truth. Numerous studies have shown that sugar damages teeth. Today, we’ll talk about the role sugar plays in dental health. Finally, you’ll be able to figure out how sugar affects teeth. We will also give tips for limiting its damage.

Effects of Sugar on Dental Health

Sugar negatively affects dental health in many different ways. It’s worth noting that sugar is responsible for a build-up of plague. That means that high sugar intake increases the risk of tooth enamel damage and cavities significantly. If left untreated, cavities may result in tooth pain and even tooth loss over time. There is also a direct link between eating too much sugar and tooth decay.

How Sugar Damages Teeth?

The reality is, sugar is food for harmful oral bacteria. Bacteria create dental plaque on the surface of the teeth as well as acids that cause demineralization and destroy enamel. If this happens, bacteria can easily move into the tooth and continue to destroy it. As a result, you’ll have to deal with cavities and tooth decay.

Dental Care Tips for Protecting Your Teeth from Sugar

Luckily, sugar damage can be easily prevented. Now, we would like to give you tips for limiting sugar-related damage.

  • The best way to keep your mouth healthy is to cut down on sugar. Among foods and beverages that are high in sugar are BBQ sauce, bottled smoothies, breakfast cereals, canned fruit, cereal bars, chocolate milk, fruit juice, ketchup and protein bars. These foods and drinks should be avoided or minimized.
  • Brush your teeth in the morning and the evening every day. This will help you control the harmful bacteria living in your mouth.
  • It’s a great idea to chew gum after eating. Chewing gum increases saliva flow. So, harmful bacteria will wash away from a mouth.
  • Visit a dentist for checkups regularly. It’s recommended to see a dentist at least two times per year.

If you have concerns about your oral health, contact us today! Dr. Alpa Dalal is a specialist in Invisalign, Crown and Gum Treatments, Dentures/ Partial Bridges and more. The past 18 years of Dr. Dalal’s career has been dedicated to the study and perfection of advanced oral health techniques. The vision of the team at Dalal Dental is to always exceed the patient’s expectations.

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