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Does Sugar Affect Oral Health?


Posted on 3/15/2024 by Weo Admin
A pile of sugary foodsThe body demands an adequate supply of sugar to stay healthy. However, naturally occurring sugar, like glucose, is what the body requires. Many people turn to artificial sugars to satiate their cravings. If not careful, relying on artificial sweeteners can become an addiction. Using processed sugars can be detrimental to your oral health and overall well-being. This post discusses the effects of sugar on oral health.

How Does Sugar Impact the Teeth?


Regular consumption of sugar increases the likelihood of developing dental caries. Your mouth has good and bad bacteria. The good bacteria help break down food and aid in digestion.

However, consuming sugary foods and beverages can be harmful to the teeth. The sugar particles combine with saliva and harmful bacteria to form plaque. Without proper brushing, the plaque will form tartar and erode your tooth enamel, increasing the risk of tooth decay. Dental cavities can later cause gingivitis and eventually lead to gum disease.

Tips for Lowering Sugar Intake


Anyone can be at risk of developing dental caries from excessive consumption of simple sugars. The good news is that you can lower your sugar intake and protect yourself from oral cavities. One way to reduce your sugar intake is to avoid sugary snacks and drinks.

Refrain from adding artificial sweeteners to your diet. If you use solid sugars in your food, brush your teeth immediately after consumption. You can also control your sugar intake by embracing healthy alternatives. Use sugar substitutes like yogurt, oatmeal, and dried fruits. Chew sugar-free gum to neutralize the acids formed from sugar consumption. Avoid carbonated drinks (drink water instead), sticky candy, and orange juice to protect your dental health and well-being.

Protect Your Smile From the Effects of Sugar


Fighting sugar addiction can be a challenge for many. Fortunately, you can seek assistance by consulting a dental professional. Call our resident dentist to schedule an appointment. Let us help you reduce sugar intake and protect your radiant smile from dental caries.

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