Is Sugar Really bad for my Teeth?
It’s the age-old question that always seems to have far too many answers. Here at Lifepoint Dental Partners in Des Moines, Iowa, one of the questions we’re most often asked is if sugar really is bad for the health of your teeth.
The short answer is yes. So let’s take an in-depth look at why our dentist recommends you carefully watch your sugar intake.
It’s not actually sugar itself
Sugar itself, while not the healthiest thing in the world, isn’t the direct cause of oral health problems; rather, it’s the catalyst that sets in motion a chain of events that contributes to enamel erosion and tooth decay.
So what happens?
Foods high in sugar are generally high in acids as well. These acids attack your teeth; specifically, the enamel, or the outermost layer of your teeth. When that layer is attacked, it weakens your teeth. The acids found in sugary foods also do a number on your gums, making them more susceptible to inflammation.
Causes plaque buildup
Since sugary foods are usually sticky, it’s harder to clean their residue from your mouth. That means you’ll likely end up with more plaque in your mouth than you can clean. If you don’t get rid of plaque as quickly as possible, it leads to tartar, which causes gingivitis. Gingivitis is a form of gum disease and definitely not a problem you want to deal with.
While sugar may taste great, the truth is that it has very harmful effects on your oral health. You should carefully monitor your sugar intake to ensure that your teeth stay as healthy as possible. If you have any other questions about sugar and the health of your teeth, call us today at 515.965.5999.