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How Does Sugar Affect Your Teeth?

Posted on 1/24/2022 by Neil Starr DDS PC
How Does Sugar Affect Your Teeth?Appropriate dental hygiene practices are vital if you are to keep your teeth healthy. Flossing daily and brushing at least twice daily will enable you to keep your gums and teeth clean and in the process avoid dental problems such as tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. You should also ensure that you do not miss your dental appointments, as this is essential in enabling our dentist to monitor your oral health and offer treatment when necessary. With these practices, you will be sure to have proper dental health.

Sugary Foods Cause tooth decay and cavities

There is a good reason why dental experts advise against eating sugary foods and snacks such as sweets, candy, biscuits, and ice cream. This is because, when you are eating sugar, there are small amounts that remain in your mouth. The bacteria in your mouth act on these sugars, with acids being an end product of the process. The accumulation of acids in your mouth will be a threat because they will corrode your tooth enamel exposing the tooth enamel. This will lead to tooth decay which will lead to cavities. If the condition is left unchecked, you risk losing your tooth.

What to do if you eat sugary foods

The most important step is ensuring that there is no accumulation of acids in your mouth. Drink plenty of water and rinse your mouth. Water will rehydrate your body and enable you to produce sufficient saliva. Saliva in your mouth is crucial for diluting the acids and washing away harmful bacteria from tissues in your mouth. Also, floss and brush in you overindulged in eating sugary foods.

Visit our clinic for a checkup

When you come to our clinic, our experts will examine your teeth and check if you have a damaged tooth. They will start corrective and preventive treatment to safeguard your dental health.

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