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What Exactly Does Sugar Do to Your Teeth?

Everyone loves those delicious sugary candies, especially during holidays like Easter and Halloween. We all know the ramifications that come with eating these sugary treats. But have you ever considered the amount of damage it has on your teeth?

Bacteria tends to feed on the sugars in the food you eat and creates acid. The acidity in your mouth helps to control the bacterial environment and if it’s too low or too high, you’ll experience major problems with your oral health. Over time, the acid will destroy tooth enamel and result in tooth decay.

While all sugars play a role in your overall oral health, there is a difference between if you drink or eat it. Sugars in liquid form wash over your entire mouth and get into every part of your teeth. Even when brushing, the sugars sit in hard to reach places. When you eat sugars, they leave a normal amount of residue on the teeth.

How Can I Avoid the Effects of Sugar on the Teeth?

  • Avoid eating hard candies that melt in the mouth and chewy candies that stick to the teeth
  • Brush and floss twice a day to eliminate traces of sugar in the mouth
  • Visit the dentist twice a year to remove plaque and tartar

Contact Lindner Dental at 603-944-9196 for a thorough dental cleaning!