Is Sugar Bad for My Teeth?
By now, you’re bound to have heard something about how sugar is Public Enemy No. 1 for your teeth. But maybe you’re left wondering why that is or if that’s even true. We’re here to let you in on the facts about sugar and your teeth!
A Cavity Chain Reaction
Sugar and cavities are often mentioned hand in hand, but sugar isn’t the one directly causing damage to your precious teeth. It’s the reaction that sugar starts that can lead to some problems. The bad bacteria in your mouth loves to feed on sugars, so when the two meet, it creates acid, which is what wears down your tooth enamel in a process called demineralization.
Sugars & Foods
When you snack on sugary foods or you drink sugary drinks, it just gives more opportunity for your teeth to be exposed to sugar and for that bacteria to produce some acid from it. So the short answer is yes, sugar is bad for your teeth.
It’s important to know that candy, soda, and other sugar-heavy foods and beverages aren’t the only things bad for your teeth. Processed, starchy foods like potato chips can also start this cavity chain reaction.
What to Do
We’re not going to be the ones to tell you to totally give up sugar, but it would be a good idea to try and minimize your consumption of it. You can also remember to rinse your mouth or brush your teeth after eating particularly sugary things.
Dealing with a cavity of your own or want more dental health tips? The Austex Dental team is here for you! Shoot us an email or give us a call, and one of our team members can help you out.