Most of us have grown up being told that sugar causes cavities. So, what is the truth about sugaring cavities?
Well, sugar itself is not that bad for your teeth. The problem is when the sugar combines with the bacteria in your mouth. That is when it becomes harmful.
When you eat sugary foods, small particles of the sugar get stuck on your teeth in the crevices and cracks. The sugar itself wouldn’t do much harm but it mixes with the strep bacteria that is also hiding in the cracks and crevices. The strep bacteria makes its home around the plaque that is built up on our teeth. This bacteria loves to eat sugar. Unfortunately, when the bacteria eats the sugar, it excretes acids that cause our teeth many problems.
Did you know that tooth enamel is the hardest mineral substance in your body? Well, that’s true. Unfortunately, though, it can be easily damaged by acids. When the acids from the strep bacteria set our teeth for a long time, the enamel begins to erode and eventually cause tooth decay to start. After spending a lot of time eating sugar, you will begin noticing cavities all throughout your mouth because of this.
This is one of the main reasons that dental professionals suggest we brush our teeth two times a day, regularly floss, and go to the dentist for regular checkups twice a year that include a professional cleaning.
So, to answer the age-old question, sugar itself does not cause cavities. It has nothing to do with the amount of sugar you eat, but how long you allow that sugar to stay on your teeth. The longer you allow the sugar to stay, the more the strep bacteria can consume it and release assets on to your enamel.
If you love your sugary foods but also want to protect your teeth, always brush and floss after eating sugary foods and visit your dentist on a regular basis. When you keep the acid from accumulating on your teeth, it will help to eliminate potential cavities, even if you love your sugary foods.