We are all aware that consuming a lot of added sugar can lead to tooth cavities. The reason for this is not precisely common knowledge. Differing from what our parents have led us to believe while we were young kids, eating sugar, in itself, is not what is resulting in dental cavities and erosion. It is actually what occurs inside our mouth after taking those sweet and sugary desserts.
Here are some of the effects of added sugar consumption on our teeth and the chain of events to comprehend what exactly makes sugar bad for our oral health.
- Cavity Formation
As a result of our teeth constant fight with acid-generated sugar eaters, bacterial infections or cavities are formed. These infections from bacteria manifest on our teeth as holes or black spots. If you do not take the needed action and visit your dentist immediately, you may experience possible tooth extraction and severe pain.
Certain bacteria are normal and beneficial to our mouth. However, added sugar left on our teeth tends to attract harmful bacteria that form plaque that breaks down our teeth. Think of how the wind sweeps away the sand of a dune until eventually there is no dune left. That is what plaque does to our teeth. It causes an acidic reaction that weakens our tooth enamel.
Snacking throughout the day means that your teeth are exposed to plaque, food, and bacteria build up over an extended period. Consuming sugary drinks is also harmful since the liquid sips into all the hidden places and grooves in your teeth. According to recent research, an average Australian consumes up to 55 gallons of soft drinks per year, and you can now see where all this is going.
- Demineralization and Remineralisation
When acid-generating bacteria attack your tooth enamel, they suck the minerals out thus weakening the tooth’s defences making it more prone to decay and extraction. The whole of this process is known as demineralization. Fortunately for most people who have optimum oral health, the demineralization is reversed through a natural process known as remineralisation. Therefore, the lost minerals are replaced, and the teeth become strong again. Remineralisation process has all to do with the saliva containing teeth-repairing minerals such as calcium and phosphates. However, you do not deceive yourself and think you can get away with consuming huge amounts of added sugar since this process cannot do so much. To boost the defence mechanism of your enamel, ensure that it gets sufficient fluoride protection.
To prevail in this fight against tooth decay and dental cavities also entails looking out for preventative measures. Therefore, bear in mind that regular visits to the dentist at least twice a year and routine oral hygiene practices are not to be neglected and taken for granted. After all, flossing your teeth at least once a day and brushing twice a day or after every meal cannot take you more than a few minutes.
Lastly, contact our dentists in Keysborough or visit our Springvale Dental Clinic today to schedule an appointment and be sure to get your teeth professionally cleaned by our awesome dentists.