Does Sugar Affect Your Dental Health?

July 27, 2020

Girl eating donutGrowing up we all probably heard that sugar was going to rot our teeth, and we were told to not eat so much sugar. But, you probably never learned why sugar rots your teeth and the process it takes when you consume it.

According to Colgate, your teeth are constantly being attacked by acids. But, this damage is frequently being reversed as well. Acids take minerals through a process called demineralization. The natural process of remineralization replaces the taken minerals to strengthen the teeth, using your saliva. Saliva contains minerals, such as calcium and phosphates, that help repair teeth. When eating an abundance of sugar, you are unbalancing this process, forcing your teeth to go through demineralization more.

The Effects of Sugar On Your Teeth

  • Sugar has a direct connection to tooth decay. After eating foods that contain high amounts of sugar, these molecules combine with saliva and bacteria present in the mouth. This combination will lead to plaque build-up on the teeth.
  • If this plaque is left on the teeth, it dissolves the enamel, which leads to cavities. Cavities are a bacterial infection created by acids, that cause your teeth to experience a hole in them. To control this bacteria and plaque, brush your teeth as soon as possible after eating.
  • Sugar can also lead to gum disease. Once gum disease starts, it may advance, if untreated, to periodontitis.
  • Periodontitis does not involve just your gum tissues, but the bones beneath your gums. If this bacteria travels throughout the body, it can invade joints, connective tissue, and organs, such as the kidneys, liver, and lungs. They can also cause blood clots that clog arteries.

Dentists Can Help

If you’re worried that you’ve been consuming too much sugar, consider a professional cleaning. This can help remove any build up of plaque and stop any potential cavities from forming. Here at GVR Dental and Orthodontics, we are taking measurable precautions to keep you and our staff safe.