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How Does Sugar Affect Your Teeth

Posted on 11/22/2021 by JP Dental & Implant Center
How Does Sugar Affect Your TeethYou may be surprised to learn that your teeth are actually porous! That means they can absorb what you put in your mouth. Sugar is the worst culprit because it's sticky and hangs on to bacteria, which feeds on sugars and produces acids that break down tooth enamel. You hear dentists say to keep away from sugary things, and this is why.

How does sugar affect your teeth?

Did you know that sugar is the most common cause of tooth decay? Sugar doesn't just add calories and contribute to weight gain; it can also damage teeth if consumed in excess amounts. When sugar (and other carbohydrates such as starch) are eaten, they are converted by salivary amylase into acid, which causes a drop in the pH level of the mouth, making it more acidic, thus allowing cavity-causing bacteria to thrive. These bacteria release an enzyme that breaks down undigested starches and sugars left on the surface of your teeth, for example, from eating a bagel or drinking a soda producing sticky, colorless plaque acids, which leads to cavities over time.

Is sugar the only cause of tooth decay?

No, other things can contribute to tooth decay, such as fizzy drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, and fruit juice if consumed in excess amounts. But it's important to note that these drinks do not all have the same effects on teeth. For example, while fizzy drink consumption is associated with an increased risk of tooth erosion because of their acidic nature, sports and fruit juices instead pose a potential risk for dental fluorosis, which develops when children under the age of 6-8 years old.

The best way to eat sugary foods without harming your teeth

The best way to eat sugary foods without harming your teeth is to reduce the amount of sugar. In addition, brushing and flossing after eating/drinking will help remove the sugars from the surface of your teeth, so they don't get a chance to mix with saliva and produce plaque acids or lead to tooth decay. However, if you eat sugary foods, it's important that you drink plenty of water afterward and/or brush your teeth as soon as possible (within the next hour) to help neutralize mouth acidity.

We hope that reading this blog post has helped you understand how sugar affects your teeth. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call!


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