You probably heard your Dentist saying that sugar is bad for your teeth, but surprisingly sugar does not directly cause tooth decay. It's the acid caused by bacteria in your mouth after sugar intake that eventually leads to tooth decay. And this process occurs due to plaque - a sticky film of bacteria covering your teeth and gums, so it takes a while. And if you brush and floss regularly you can minimize the effects drastically!
When sugar comes in contact with the plaque on your teeth it produces the acid and causes a small hole in your enamel. When you don’t brush or floss your teeth regularly, this hole grows bigger and develops into a cavity that causes tooth decay. The sooner you treat the cavity the better since it's smaller, the longer you leave it untreated - it grows bigger and deeper. A small cavity might only need a filling, which is a simple, inexpensive procedure, and it might even be covered by your insurance. The bigger it gets - the harder and costlier it gets, and it might need additional procedures, gum treatment or, goodness gracious, a root canal, you don't want to get there!
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At least try to prevent the dental problems caused by too much sugar:
Sipping a sugary drink for hours is more harmful for your teeth than eating a cake for 5 minutes.
Try to limit foods and beverages that contain added sugars.
Avoid sugary or sticky foods – candies, cakes, cookies and sugary drinks or sugar added foods.
Brush and floss your teeth twice a day.
Go for regular dental cleanings to prevent plaque formation, in fact make an appointment right now with Aliso Viejo Dental!