Does Sugar Affect Your Dental Health?

August 2, 2020

Woman eating sugary foodSugar is known to rot your teeth. You probably heard as a kid to not eat a lot of sugar. But you were most likely never learned why and how sugar rots your teeth.

According to Colgate, acids take minerals through a process called demineralization. The natural process of remineralization replaces the missing minerals to strengthen the teeth, using your saliva. This saliva contains minerals that repair your teeth, including calcium and phosphates. When consuming lots of sugar, this process becomes unbalanced, forcing your teeth to go through more demineralization.

The Toll Sugar Takes On Your Teeth

  • Tooth decay is a result of consuming too much sugar. The molecules from the sugar combine with saliva and bacteria present in the mouth. This combination will lead to plaque build-up on the teeth.
  • When this plaque is left on the teeth, it dissolves the enamel, resulting in cavities. Cavities are holes in your teeth, created by acids. To ensure you are not having bacteria and plaque, brush your teeth as soon as possible after eating.
  • Gum disease is another result of sugar. Once gum disease starts, it can advance to periodontitis.
  • Both gum tissue and the bone beneath your gums is a result of periodontitis. If the bacteria travels throughout the body, it can invade joints, connective tissue, and organs, such as the kidneys, liver, and lungs. They also cause blood clots that clog arteries.

Visit Your Dentist

Consider taking a trip to your dentist for a professional cleaning. They can remove any build up and plaque you may have! Appletree Dental has been taking measurable precautions to keep our clients and staff safe.