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What Does Sugar Do To Your Teeth


Posted on 10/15/2023 by Dr. Hallas
Smiling boy with missing tooth, at Green Bay, WI.How much sugar have you taken in since childhood? The quantity is unexplainably large. Now, how healthy are your teeth? It should be noted, you might think that you are enjoying while eating that red velvet cake dipped in warm chocolate. The deal hits reality when we fail to brush the particles off after eating. Bacteria equally loves the high sugar content and here is what it can lead to.

Sugar and plaque


Plaque is the sticky film that forms on the surface of teeth, often after failing to brush. It coats the teeth and leads to the accumulation of bacteria on the teeth. Bacteria feed on the sugar content, releasing acid that corrodes the teeth. Sweets, candy, and cakes are healthy in small amounts. Increasing your sugar intake leads to the accumulation of bacterial infections in your teeth. Remember to brush your teeth off after every meal, not necessarily a sugary one. This will clean off plaque, that acts as bacterial habitat, on your teeth.

Enamel Demineralization


Did you know that your teeth produce their minerals? Saliva in your mouth helps in this, and their combined effort helps to fight cavities. Your mouth generates minerals like calcium and phosphates for strengthening your teeth. Eating high-sugar-content foods disables this process. Saliva is used up in breaking down sugar. This eventually leads to cavities and tooth loss. You are advised to brush your teeth with fluoride-based toothpaste to help strengthen your teeth's enamel. Limit your sugar intake, to keep your teeth healthy.

Do not eat sweets, this you will hear often. Having laid out the facts on why it is harmful, you have an easier time when it comes to choosing what is healthy for your teeth. This information is meant for every person regardless of their age. Cavities have no age limit; sugar intake can be limited. Make your choice.



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