Why your teeth want you to stop eating sugar!
In the last decade or so, sugar has been largely demonised across the UK and beyond. While we’ve always been told that eating sugar in excess is bad for us. It seems that recently it’s become the real enemy in terms of our health.
Whether it’s type 2 diabetes and obesity, or cavities and tooth loss – sugar is definitely something you shouldn’t be consuming too much of, but now badly does it actually effect your teeth…?
How exactly is Sugar bad for your Oral Health?
When you eat too much sugar, you are so much more prone to getting comes cavities and tooth decay can be a direct result of eating too much sugar. However, your mouth has natural bacteria which will feed on sugar. This then turns the sugar into acid, which is what will really damage the tooth enamel.
The enamel is the shiny, protective outer layer of your teeth. Cavities are a bacterial infection created by acids, that cause your teeth to experience a hole in them. If this doesn’t get treated then cavities can progress past the enamel and into the deeper layers of the tooth, causing really bad pain and sensitivity and even tooth loss.
So, should I avoid all Sugary Foods?
Sugar is in many types of food that we consume every day – and not only in super sweet, fattening things! Hidden sugar gives food more taste and can even make a lot of us addicted to it. But not all of it is unhealthy. There are also high amounts natural sugars in sugars in foods like fruit – which you shouldn’t avoid for obvious reasons.
Where you should be careful is foods that are typically known as bad for you. Things like sweets, cake, and fizzy drinks etc. Although sugar can be the cause of tooth decay, without the presence of the bacteria in your mouth there will be no acids attacking susceptible parts of the tooth.
The faster a food is cleared away, the less chance it will have to feed bacteria and cause tooth decay. If you are constantly vigilant you will prevent the negative effects that eating sugar has on the teeth.
Sugar is not the only bad thing for your teeth so it is really important to take everything in moderation. Brush away bacteria-filled plaque at least twice a day and consume healthy foods that strengthen the teeth. Add regular dental visits and fluoride treatments to the mix, and have the best shot at winning the battle against tooth decay. By making sure you have good dental habits and frequently visit your private dentist and dental hygienist regularly you’ll avoid the damaging effects of eating sugar!