What Effects Does Sugar Have on the Teeth?

Young girl with sunglasses eating an ice cream coneIt is common knowledge that too much sugar will lead to cavities and tooth decay. However, not everyone knows exactly how one leads to the other. You and your children may be more conscious of the sugar put in your bodies once you understand the chain of events that occur.

There are hundreds of bacteria in the mouth; most are good, but some can feed on the sugars you eat and create enamel-destroying acids. Cavities are an infection produced by these acids as a hole develops within the tooth. Your teeth are always under attack by these various acids, but your body is also simultaneously reversing the damage.

Though your mouth’s remineralization process is helping to strengthen your teeth, if you are eating an excess of sweets every day you may be slowing it down. By limiting your sugar intake, you can ensure the good minerals in your mouth are not being overpowered by the acids sweets are creating.

There are ways you can help aid the remineralization process to prevent cavities from forming. Saliva stimulation plays a huge part, so chewing sugar-free gum is a great way to get things moving in your mouth. Foods such as cheese and yogurts help strengthen the teeth with calcium, and black and green teas help suppress harmful bacteria.

If you are concerned about cavities for yourself or your child, contact our Broomfield dentist at Total Dental Health Solutions. Our experienced team will help you determine the best course of action and provide guidance on preventing cavities in your teeth.