Do Processed Sugars Really Hurt Your Teeth?


Posted on 6/23/2018 by Jeremy Burke
Sugar Jeremy J Burke, DDS, PA TX 79761-4232We've all heard that too much sugar will lead to cavities. While this might be ""common"" knowledge, the process and the reason for this phenomenon is not so well-known.

The actual act of eating sugar isn't bad on its own, but the process it triggers inside of your mouth can do some major harm to your pearly whites.

Sugar and Plaque Accumulation


Plaque is a constant occurrence in the mouth, and it will accumulate any time that you eat something. Specifically, when you eat sugar, it will act like an acid that wants to attack your enamel.

The acid attack can last for upwards of 20 minutes, during which time the bacteria in your mouth use the sugar as fuel to multiply and adhere themselves to your teeth. With time, this bacteria build up becomes plaque, which will continue to eat away at your teeth.

The problems don't end with plaque. If you fail to brush your teeth regularly in order to remove this enamel-eating substance, it can harden to form tartar. Then, you'll need intervention from a dentist in order to remove it.

Tartar isn't something that you can simply brush away, and you'll need a dental cleaning with specialized equipment to clean your teeth properly.

Cavities


Your teeth wage a constant war against bacteria, sugar, and acid, and when left unchecked, cavities may develop. You might not notice a cavity until it is in its advanced stages, which may produce pain, sensitivity, and even a black spot or hole. Depending on the severity of the cavity, a filling, root canal, or extraction may be required.

Now that you know more about how sugar will impact your teeth, you need to take steps to fight them off. Make your first line of defense an appointment with your dentist. Call us today to book.
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