Everyone knows that sugar is bad for your health. For years we have been aware of this, however, do we know exactly what sugar does to our teeth? Read on to find out how consuming to much sugar can affect our pearly whites!
Sugar and your overall health
The World Health Organization says we should limit added sugar consumption to fewer than six teaspoons per day. Considering that the average can of Coca Cola contains 10 teaspoons of sugar we have a lot of cutting down to do in order to meet the recommended limit. This guideline is not only to protect our teeth, but to maintain overall health and wellbeing. By the age of six half of Aussie kids have decay in their baby teeth and by the age of 12 half have decay in their adult teeth. Thousands of children as young as three years of age are hospitalized in order to have multiple teeth extracted because of the effects of sugar and this is dentist’s biggest concern.
However, we are not just worried about cavities. Overtime, can lead the over consumption of sugar can lead to a multitude of health issues including diabetes and obesity, and can also contribute to Alzheimer’s disease as well as breast, endometrial and colon cancers.
Sugar and teeth decay
Sugar plays a harmful role in tooth decay. The bacteria that forms together to become plaque use sugar as a form of energy. They multiply faster and the plaque grows in size and thickness with the aid of sugar. Some of the bacteria turns the sugar into a sort of glue that
they use to stick themselves to the tooth surface. This makes it harder for the bacteria to get washed away with your saliva. Fortunately, saliva contains minerals such as calcium and phosphates to help repair the teeth. Fluoride is another mineral that helps repair weakened enamel. However, if you eat a lot of sugar throughout the day, replacing lost minerals can only do so much to prevent the effects of sugar on teeth.
Preventing tooth decay
Whenever you eat, the bacteria naturally found within your mouth works hard to break down the food, which in turn causes acid to develop. The acid produced within your mouth then begins to break down the structure of your teeth, along with destroying your tooth enamel and dentine, which then results in tooth decay. Check out these ways to maintain oral health and prevent damage to your teeth from sugar!
1. Regular visits to the Dentist
Making regular visits to the dentist for oral examinations and cleaning is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of tooth decay developing. Ensuring regular trips to your dental practitioner can assist in diagnosing and treating any oral conditions that could cause damage to your smile.
2. Brush regularly
A very important step in preventing cavities and tooth decay is regular brushing, a minimum of twice daily. It is advisable to brush after each meal where possible and then before you go to bed at night.
3. A good Diet
What you eat and drink is just as important as the oral hygiene practices you keep. Ensure you are consuming nutritious food, rather than products that are high in carbs and sugar, such aslollies, cakes and sticky foods. If you do feel the urge for one of these types of foods, it is essential to brush your teeth straight away, as foods high in carbohydrates have a habit of sticking to the tooth surface.
If you want more advice, or if you fear you may be suffering from tooth decay contact Smile Craft Dental today. Our experienced dentists have all the knowledge necessary to provide you with the help and guidance you need to maintain your incredible smile!