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Is Sugar Bad for Your Teeth?

April 28, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_carollo @ 1:21 am
Sugar

Sugar is a delicious treat that we all enjoy now and again. Many of us consume it every single day. You add it to your morning coffee and nighttime cup of tea. You also enjoy it for lunch when you have a refreshing can of cola. But how often do you think about the ways that sugar affects your smile? Should you be cutting it out of your diet for the sake of your health? Continue reading to learn more from a dentist in Florham Park about the impact of sugar on your smile and what you can do to keep your smile safe.

How Does Sugar Impact Your Oral Health?

You probably already know that too much sugar can cause you to develop cavities, but did you know how this happens? It isn’t the sugar that damages your teeth. When you consume something that contains this ingredient, their molecules combine with the bacteria present in the mouth which results in plaque buildups on the teeth. If you don’t clear this away right away, the plaque can cause your enamel to dissolve away. Ultimately, you can develop cavities. When plaque builds up on the gumline, you could be looking at periodontal disease as well.

Should You Cut Out All Sugar?

It is a good idea to cut out refined and processed sugars when you can. This is the type of sugar that you find in things like potato chips, prepackaged snacks, and candy. Some foods that contain natural sugars can also be harmful when consumed too often. This includes things like dried fruit, honey, and citrus. Remember that you should only have these items in moderation. If you’re looking for a tooth-friendly snack, try cheese, nuts, celery, carrots, apples, or yogurt. Also be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day so you can wash away lingering food particles and bacteria before they cause harm to your smile.

What Type of Sweetener Is Safe for Your Smile?

There is a sweetener out there called xylitol. This is a sugar alcohol that doesn’t contain any of the acid producing qualities that natural sugar does, but it still maintains a similar sweetness. This sweetener is most commonly found in sugar-free gum, candy, mints, and toothpaste. It inhibits the type of bacteria that cause cavities and prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth. Just like anything else, you should only consume sweeteners in moderation, but it tends to be much better than sugar for your oral health.

You don’t need to cut all of the delicious treats out of your life, but by being aware and making informed decisions about the things that you consume, you will have an easier time maintaining excellent oral health!

About the Author

Dr. John A. Carollo is an experienced dentist who has been maintaining his current practice for more than 30 years. He earned his dental doctorate from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and has written more than 20 articles that have been published in a variety of dental journals. For more ways to keep your smile healthy or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (973) 377-5117.

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