Q&A: Why Is Sugar Bad For Teeth?

You may have a hard time understanding what makes sugar so bad for your teeth when you really sit down and think about it. Does sugar instantly make a cavity form, you wonder, and why? How is it possible that something so delicious causes decay? Why is it that you can eat sugar, visit us for checkups, and sometimes you may have a cavity but sometimes you will not? We are here to give you the additional facts you need to understand the connection between sweets and oral health problems, so you can more easily keep your teeth protected.

Questions and Answers

Question: Is sugar bad inherently? Do my teeth begin becoming weakened or headed toward developing decay the moment they come into contact with sugar?

Answer: Sugar on its own isn’t going to damage your dental tissue just because it touches it. It’s about what happens when you introduce sugar into your oral environment.

Question: What makes sugar so bad for my oral health if it’s not really dangerous all by itself?

Answer: Bacteria feed on it. Just like you digest food and your body disposes of the waste, bacteria eat the sugar particles (and carbohydrates) and dispose of the waste. Unfortunately, when they do this in your mouth, they’re letting go of acids that can soften enamel and cause tooth decay.

Question: Is there a safe way that I can eat the sugary things I really like without always being extremely concerned that I’m going to end up with cavities and other oral health problems?

Answer: If you eat sugar, there’s always the chance that it’s making you more prone to cavities. However, keep this in mind: Getting it off of your teeth quickly is key. Rinse with water. Wait 30 minutes. Then, brush your teeth. This is very effective.

Learn How To Protect Your Smile With Our Advice

During your next visit, take time to ask us about issues like how to safely eat sugary foods, so you can care for your smile with ease. Call our Cleveland Family Dentistry office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234. We proudly serve patients and their families from Cleveland, Kingwood, New Caney, Conroe, Livingston, Huffman, and all surrounding communities.