What are the Effects of Sugar on Teeth?

posted by Dr. Beau Beecher, DDS on 12/18/2018 in General

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: Sugar is bad for your teeth. Too much sugar can lead to tooth decay, but it is important to understand that sugar does not act alone. Eating sugar kickstarts a chain of events that can have a negative effect on your oral health.

The bacteria that lives in your mouth

You may or may not be aware that your mouth is home to hundreds of bacteria, some of which are beneficial to your oral health. But there is also harmful bacteria present, which feed on sugar and create acids that work to break down the enamel of your teeth.

The bacterial infection from the acids will often lead to the development of a cavity in your tooth. Left untreated, the cavity can spread beyond the enamel and into the deeper layers. This can cause considerable pain and even result in the loss of a tooth.

How to remineralize tooth enamel

So how can you reverse the damage to your teeth? There is actually a natural process in place called remineralization that replaces the minerals the acids remove from your teeth, allowing them to rebuild and restore their strength. Your saliva, which contains calcium and phosphates that help repair teeth, is a key part of this process.

Fluoride is a mineral that can both prevent tooth decay and help reverse its effects, at least in the early stages. All Kimball & Beecher offices offer professional fluoride treatments, but you can also inquire about prescription toothpaste that helps remineralization.

More than anything, limiting your sugar intake is the most effective method for preventing harmful bacteria from having a negative impact on your oral health.

About The Author

Dr. Beau Beecher, DDS

Dr. Beau Beecher is the founder and CEO, of Kimball and Beecher Family Dentistry. Kimball and Beecher Family Dentistry is known for being a patient-centered practice that puts comfort and convenience first. Over 50,000 patients in Iowa cities travel miles to experience the high level of ... read more

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