How Does Sugar Affect Your Teeth?
January 31, 2022
Dental decay can happen to people of all ages and occurs when plaque bacteria feed on the sugar in your diet. Your mouth is full of both beneficial and harmful bacteria, and when you eat sugar, it sets off a whole chain of events. Immediately, the sugar interacts with the plaque bacteria present in your mouth to produce acid. The acid works to slowly dissolve the enamel in your teeth, creating cavities over time. Left untreated, cavities can advance past your tooth's enamel to the tooth's inner layers, leading to pain and potential tooth loss.
Fortunately, your mouth naturally remineralizes your teeth to restore and strengthen your teeth through essential minerals found in your saliva, such as phosphate and calcium. Flouride, another essential mineral, also works hard to repair weakened and damaged enamel. These minerals can only work so fast, so it's critical that you limit how much sugar you consume.
Proper oral hygiene is also vital. Brushing twice a day and flossing regularly helps this, but be sure to visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings and exams. Regular dental checkups and cleanings help to brighten your smile, prevent cavities and tooth loss, and boost your overall health.
Schedule your appointment today with Dr. Spaulding in Gig Harbor, Washington, to keep your smile happy and healthy!