Many people enjoy drinking & eating foods full of sugar – be it soda or be it ice cream, Americans are known for excess sugar consumption. However, many don’t realize how damaging this can be to their bodies and their teeth. It can take a damaging toll on their oral health.
Sugar affects your teeth by creating an acidic chemical that literally withers away the enamel of your teeth. Without enamel, your teeth become hypersensitive, and are extremely susceptible to tooth decay.
When these acids gain control, they create a a bacterial infection many of us know as cavities. Once you discover a cavity, a dentist will need to perform a filling on that tooth. This will stop the cavity from eating away at the tooth further. If a cavity is not taken care of immediately, the cavity can eat away at the entirity of the tooth – making reconstruction impossible in some cases, and creating a very painful sensation in ones mouth.
What To Do
The best way to avoid these issues is to limit your sugar intake. By cutting back on it, you are at less of a risk of getting a cavity, and protecting the enamel of your teeth. It is also important to maintain a regular brushing and flossing regimen and to use a fluoride rich toothpaste, to do all that you can to keep your teeth clean and healthy.
Do you have further questions on the effects of sugar on your teeth? Give our offices a call at (602) 795-5995 to speak to one of our experts!