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Why Is Sugar Bad for My Teeth?

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Closeup of a cluster of sugary donuts with blue, pink, and purple icing an sprinkles that cause tooth decay

Sugar = Food for Bacteria

Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that coats your teeth as the bacteria multiplies. But how does it get there in the first place? Plaque makes a home on the surface of or in between your teeth when it has something to feed on: sugar. When plaque breaks sugar down, it releases an acidic by-product that in turn dissolves your tooth enamel. In other words, sugar itself isn’t what is bad for your teeth, but the fact that plaque releases damaging acid after it consumes residual sugar-containing food particles on your teeth makes sugar quite harmful to your dental health! So warning that sugar would rot your teeth wasn’t just your parents way of stopping you from eating more candy as a child…

The Importance of a Balanced Diet

Sugar is found in the majority of what we consume. However, certain foods and beverages are more damaging to your teeth than others. The obvious culprits are candy (especially caramels, lollipops, sugary gum, hard candy, and sticky gummies, which linger in your mouth), soda, sports drinks, sugary coffee beverages, and potato chips. But remember that even seemingly healthy foods can contain a high concentration of sugar, such as dried fruit, fruit juice, and yogurt that contains added sugar. Ask our expert team about additional foods to limit in order to promote a healthy smile! On the other hand, it’s also important to consume foods that do support healthy teeth. Vegetables (especially dark, leafy greens), dairy products, and fresh whole fruits are all great for keeping plaque away and supporting strong enamel.

How to Maintain an Outstanding Oral Care Routine

No matter what you eat, a surefire way to curb plaque production and dental decay is to brush your teeth twice a day, brush your tongue daily, floss at least once a day, and drink plenty of water. Moreover, come visit us for a professional dental cleaning and checkup twice a year to ensure that you don’t have any signs of tooth decay or gum disease.

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White Settlement Family Dentistry is committed to helping every member of your family maintain gorgeous and healthy smiles. We invite you to enjoy one of the many services we offer at our Fort Worth dental office. Contact us to schedule appointments for your entire family to confirm your mouths are squeaky-clean and free of cavities.

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