Why Sugar Is Harmful to Your Oral Health
You have probably heard that sugar causes cavities, but you may not understand how that actually works or what it may mean if you enjoy the occasional sugary snack.
If you are seeking a Maryland Heights dentist who will answer all your questions and help you understand the best way to protect your smile, Dr. Kevin Burgdorf and our team welcome you to call our practice!
How Dental Decay Works
Dental decay is actually caused by bacteria that create an acidic environment in your mouth and eat away at your protective enamel. Bacteria need fuel to thrive and reproduce, which they do at an alarming rate. Their favorite fuel is sugar!
Some sugary snacks are worse than others. The chewy, sticky ones that find their way into the grooves of your teeth are the most damaging because the sugar lingers and slowly dissolves. Chewy sweet snacks are also difficult to brush away from the grooves of your teeth and can often stay there and do damage while you sleep.
It’s not just sugary snacks that cause problems, however. Starchy snacks turn to sugar during the digestive process, which begins in the mouth. So things like corn flakes and popcorn can also do damage.
Energy drinks and sodas are particularly damaging because they are already acidic in nature, and the acid/sugar combination is especially hard on your teeth.
Preventing Dental Decay
Dr. Kevin Burgdorf can help you and your family avoid dental decay with effective preventive treatments such as:
- Nutritional counseling
- Regular dental cleanings
- Fluoride treatments
- Hygiene instruction
- Dental sealants
If you are looking for a high-quality Maryland Heights dentist who can help you and your family keep your smiles healthy in a world full of sugary snacks, give us a call! We are currently welcoming new patients of all ages, and we will do everything we can to keep your teeth looking great and feeling comfortable.