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preventative dentistry | jonesboro ar | dental solutions

Let's talk about sugar and your teeth

November 23, 2011
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Posted By: Dr. Brett Burris
preventative dentistry | jonesboro ar | dental solutions

It’s pretty much common knowledge that sugar causes cavities.  We’re all told this fact as we grow up.  If you eat too much candy and don’t brush your teeth, you get cavities.

Well, if that was the total truth to the situation, we would simply throw the Twizzlers, Snickers bars, and other junk food in the trash and be well on our way to zero decay.  I can tell you right now that this just isn’t working out.  We are VERY busy cleaning up decay from many people that just aren’t huge junk food eaters.

Let’s shed some light on the subject:

We all have a TON of bacteria that lives in our mouths every day.  Despite our best efforts to brush, we wake up every morning with that nice fuzzy reminder on our teeth that germs are here to stay.

There are a couple of groups of these bugs that have a specific interest in eating sugars.  They don’t care if it’s from candy, soda, Gatorade, or any other source.  When a person introduces sugar to the teeth, the bacteria process the substances for energy, then produce acid as a byproduct.  It’s actually the ACID that’s destroying your teeth.

Another interesting note is that it’s not the AMOUNT of sugar you take in, but THE FREQUENCY that you introduce it.  You have that nice 20 oz. bottle of Pepsi at the computer.  You take a sip. The bacteria go to work, processing the sugar and coating your teeth with acid.  It takes a little while for this to happen, but a point comes where the germs are ready for more.

If you chugged the entire bottle in one gulp, there’s really only one “feeding” that these bugs are getting.  They can’t get to all of the available food.  The key here is the fact that you’re not going to chug that bottle of Pepsi or Gatorade, are you? Nope, we sip it throughout the day, and we’re giving those germs ample time to get ready for the next batch between sips.

Listen, we’re all human.  I know there’s no way you are going to cut chocolate and soda completely out.  Even I love a good dessert or a Reese’s Cup.  The key is to LIMIT YOUR FREQUENCY.

Keep the bacteria off of your teeth with brushing and flossing, limit the amount of exposures to sugar (the drinks are the WORST), and try to get away from the candies that stick to your teeth (sorry, Butterfinger fans).  The microscopic “pot holes” in your teeth from acid attack can be partially filled in by a little fluoride (in your toothpaste and mouth rinses).

That’s a good recipe to keep you out of the chair.

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