Sugar plays a huge role in the development of cavities. The severity of sugar’s impact on your teeth depends on the amount, type and form of sugar consumed; the amount consumed has less of an impact then how frequently its consumed. Tooth decay is caused by acids which are produced by bacteria in the mouth. Harmful bacteria feed off the sugars we consume, and when we frequently consume sugar the teeth are constantly under attack causing the tooth to continuously loose minerals leading to a hole. When sugar is consumed in liquid form, such as juices or soft drinks it can easily get into every hard to reach space in your mouth. When chewing sticky foods full of sugar, it can leave behind large amounts of residue which stick to the teeth making it difficult for saliva to wash away.
To prevent the harmful effects of sugar on your teeth:
* Brush twice daily with a fluoride tooth paste and floss once daily.
* Avoid the amount of sweets consumed especially hard and sticky candies.
* Limit snacking between meals especially foods that high in sugar.
* Drink plenty of water and limit the amount of sugary drinks consumed.
* Visit us twice a year for professional teeth cleaning to remove plaque and tartar.