Do you love indulging in dessert? Do you have a sweet tooth? Do you like eating desserts right after every meal? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then it’s time to go to your dentist to have your teeth and gums checked. With all of this exposure to sugar, you could be at risk for tooth decay.
Consuming little sugar is not so bad, but consuming high amounts of sugary foods and having sweet drinks instead of water can cause oral problems. There are many bacteria in the mouth, and while most of them are beneficial, some can cause havoc to your teeth and gums especially when the bacteria consume sugar. Acid-forming bacteria loves eating sugar so if you eat sweets you also allow the bacteria to proliferate and damage your oral mucosa.
The acid that the bacteria produces destroys enamel, which results in developing holes in your teeth. Without proper treatment, the holes or cavities can cause severe dental problems like destroyed pulp and root canal issues, damaged bone structures in the mouth and potential tooth loss. Therefore, it is essential that you avoid eating foods high in sugar and drink water instead of sodas.
To learn more about how sugar affects oral health, visit us at Maple Family Dentistry. Our dental team will assist you with all your dental concerns!