Does Sugar Affect Your Dental Health?

July 22, 2020

Girl eating donut As a kid you probably heard that too much sugar would rot your teeth, but you never knew why.

According to Colgate, your teeth are consistently being attacked by acids. But the good news is this damage is easily reversed as well. The process of demineralization is when acids take minerals in. The process of remineralization replaces the taken minerals to strengthen teeth, using saliva. Saliva contains minerals, including calcium and phosphates, that help repair teeth. When eating an abundance of sugar, this process becomes unbalanced, forcing your teeth to go through demineralization more often.

The Effects of Sugar On Your Teeth

  • Tooth decay can happen if you’re consuming too much sugar. Molecules combine with saliva and bacteria in the mouth, leading to build-up on the teeth.
  • When this plaque is left on the teeth, it can dissolve into the enamel, leading to cavities. Cavities are a bacterial infection created by acids, that create holes in the teeth. To control this, your best option is to brush your teeth as soon as possible after eating.
  • Gum disease is another effect of sugar. Untreated gum disease can advance to periodontitis.
  • Periodontitis involves your gum tissue and the bones under your gums. This bacteria can travel throughout the body, invading joints, connective tissue, and organs, such as the kidneys, liver, and lungs. They can also cause blood clots.

Dentists Can Help

If you think you’ve been consuming more sugar than normal, a professional cleaning could help! Professional cleaning can help remove any build up of plaque and stop any potential cavities from forming. Call South Springs Dental Group for an appointment today!

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