How Sugar Affects Your Oral Health

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Your parents weren’t lying to you when they said that sugar would rot your teeth. The fact is, sugar is one of the worst things for your teeth, not to mention your overall health. Let’s take a look at just some of the ways sugar affects your oral health.

How Sugar Impacts Plaque Growth

Plaque is the sticky layer of bacteria that forms on the surface of your teeth throughout the day. If not brushed or flossed away, plaque hardens into tartar, which can in turn cause cavities, decay, and gum disease. Whenever you eat foods or drink beverages that are high in sugar, the plaque bacteria feed on it and produce acid that is damaging to your enamel. This is precisely why eating sugar increases your chances of developing cavities and decay, which can eventually lead to tooth loss.

How To Avoid Sugar

It can be hard to avoid sugar, especially when you’re craving it. It’s in practically everything, from candy to pastries to sauces to juices. But there are tons of tooth-friendly foods that are also delicious! For starters, fresh fruits are chock full of vitamins and minerals, and the natural sugars won’t give you a sugar crash like added sugar does. Vegetables, lean meats, dairy, and nuts are also fantastic for your oral health. When you indulge in a sugary snack, drink plenty of water afterwards to rinse your mouth.

More About Cavities

Besides watching your diet, you should also practice a consistent oral hygiene routine to prevent cavities and decay. Twice daily brushing and flossing and visiting your dentist twice a year for routine cleanings and examinations are excellent ways to avoid cavities and keep your smile healthy. If you have a cavity, Dr. Bartels will catch it during a routine cleaning and examination. Depending on how much your cavity has developed, he can remove the decay and treat the cavity with a tooth-colored filling to prevent further damage. Dental sealants are another great way to prevent cavities. Ask about them at your next visit.

Comprehensive Dentistry in Jonesboro, AR

Whether you’re due for a routine cleaning and examination or have a specific cosmetic or restorative concern you want to address, our family-friendly staff at Troy Bartels, DDS is here to help you. Our team works hard to make preventive care affordable for our patients. Check out our financing page to learn more about our Bartels Discount Plan and other financing options!

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