At some point in your life, you’ve probably been told that eating too much sugar is bad for your teeth. Whether it was Dr. Mills who said that during an exam, a parent, or someone else who cares about your health, most of us know that sugar and healthy teeth don’t always mix.
Since Halloween is fast approaching and many of us will be indulging in a few more Snickers, candy corn, or gummy worms than normal, we at Covenant Dentistry wanted to take a moment to talk about why sugar is bad for your teeth. After all, we want our patients to be able to make informed choices that keep them healthy year-round.
The Link Between Sugar and Bacteria
It may come as a surprise to learn that your mouth is full of bacteria. The majority of the bacteria is healthy, but there are bacteria that feed on sugars from the food, drinks, and Halloween candy you consume to produce acids. These acids dissolve and damage teeth, causing cavities and infection.
Once the decay gets through the enamel to the inside of your tooth, the infection can spread and can even cause you to lose your tooth. If you’re experiencing pain, call our office immediately. It is much easier to treat cavities and other dental issues if we can catch them early.
How Can You Fight Back?
First of all, it’s best to limit your intake of sugar. No one is asking you to completely avoid all Halloween treats, but be sure to consume them in moderation. After eating something sweet, drink water to rinse out your mouth. Your regular, healthy dental habits – brushing twice daily, flossing regularly – will also help limit the chances of developing cavities. Additionally, you should visit the dentist regularly for cleanings and exams.
For other questions about sugar consumption and Halloween candy, or to schedule your next dental appointment, contact Covenant Dentistry!Contact Us