The dangers of sugar for your teeth

Article written by Elite Dental Group.

Healthy white teeth contribute to a person’s mental, physical, and social health by allowing them to eat, drink and speak with confidence. Consuming foods that are high in sugar can weaken a person’s teeth while increasing their cavity risk.

Many forms of bacteria live in the human mouth, while some are beneficial others can be harmful.  Harmful bacteria can eat into teeth enamel which is the shiny protective layer on a person’s teeth. Harsh acids can also cause damage that leads to cavities, increased sensitivity, and eventually tooth loss.

While the human mouth is constantly demineralizing to reduce damage if a person consumes a lot of acidic or sugary foods frequently the mouth will not be able to protect its enamel. Fluoride has been known to help maintain strong teeth and gums by repairing damage and strengthening teeth. Additionally, to reduce cavities and maintain healthy strong teeth and gums it is essential to limit the intake of sugar and starches to promote natural repair and restoration.

Although food labels may include different names for sugar sources like maple syrup, honey, molasses, or corn syrup, they are still as damaging as sugar. To avoid consuming high sugar food and drinks always read labels and follow suggested portion sizes. There can be hidden sugars in smoothies, yogurt, packed oatmeal, trail mix, salad dressing, and bottled iced teas though these are considered healthy choices.

To protect teeth from sugar, always brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss before bed. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, for at least 2 mins and follow a circular gentle motion to remove plaque and whiten teeth. A good quality mouth wash used at night can also help fight bacteria when a person is asleep.

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