Is Sugar Bad for your teeth?


Did you know it’s not the amount of sugar intake, but the frequency in which you consume it?
Everybody has heard the saying “eating sweets will cause tooth decay”. It’s not the sugar itself that does the damage, but rather the chain of events that takes place after you eat that chocolate bar.

It’s the acids that the bacteria on your teeth release after breaking sugar down that are harmful. These acids easily dissolve your tooth enamel, increasing your risk of developing, cavities and gum disease. When acids combine with saliva, it forms plaque that resides in these cavities- the perfect environment for bacteria to colonise and cause tooth decay.

But if you were to indulge in sugary foods, it is less damaging if you consume that whole chocolate bar in one sitting rather than nibble on it throughout the day. The plaque production cycle is repeated every time you expose your teeth to sugars and carbohydrates. 

Some foods like dry cereal, hard candy and raisins can get stuck in between your teeth and can be neglected by ordinary brushing. DON’T FORGET TO FLOSS!

Tooth decay can progress through the layers of your teeth and infect the pulp layer found in the centre of each tooth. This can cause sensitivity, swelling and dull, throbbing pain. Before this happens, our team at Heath Street Dental work on preventative measures to avoid tooth decay in the first place. We offer a range of treatments to help maintain better oral health and encourage early diagnosis of dental disease through regular check-ups. 
For support or if you have any questions, our team are happy to help.