The truth about sugar

Posted by Default Admin on 23 June 2015

Sugar is constantly named as one of the foods that most damages your teeth but information about why this is the case is much less readily available. So, how and why does sugar actually affect your teeth?

Food particles from almost any food, if not cleaned away promptly after eating, will increase your risk of tooth erosion and damage. Food particles combine with the bacteria and saliva in your mouth and form plaque. The bacteria in plaque release acid which could begin to dissolve the surface of your teeth and lead to cavities. Regular cleaning will get rid of the plaque and prevent it building up and weakening your teeth. However, because sugar is a high-energy food, when it combines with the bacteria, higher levels of acid are released and so the risk of damage to your teeth is greater than with other foods.

It is worth noting that sugar is a readily available ingredient and is present in many more kinds of foods than you may initially think. Pick up any label in the supermarket and you'll find sugar listed as an ingredient in vegetable soup, in mayonnaise, the list goes on! Even if you avoid foods containing refined sugar, naturally occurring sugars are present in typically 'healthy' foods such as fruit. For this reason, total avoidance of sugar is not a practical approach.

To combat the effects of sugar, it is important to follow a good oral hygiene routine. This means using a fluoride toothpaste, brushing your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day, flossing or using Interdental brushes and making sure that you visit the dentist at least twice a year. Be vigilant about cleaning your teeth after consuming food or drinks which you know contain lots of sugar and take care to keep a look out for any potential concerns so that you can bring them to the attention of your dentist.

If you are concerned about the effects of sugar on your teeth, please call Brilliant on 01443 887564 to discuss your concerns and our solutions.