How Does Sugar Affect Your Dental Health?

How Does Sugar Affect Your Dental Health?

Posted by San Pedro Pediatric Medical Group on Feb 16 2022, 03:59 AM

We consume sugar in various forms as part of our daily diet. However, consuming large quantities of sugar can damage our teeth. 

There are billions of sugar-loving bacteria in our mouth that convert the sugar into acid. This acid affects the teeth causing tooth decay. Repeated acid attacks weaken and destroy the tooth enamel leading to the formation of cavities.

At San Pedro Pediatric Medical Group in San Pedro, California, we offer expert care and advice for all your dental problems. Keep reading to learn more about the various kinds of sugars present in our foods and ways to prevent tooth decay.

Where Do the Sugars in Our Diet Come From?

Studies indicate that a person’s average daily sugar intake is about 90-100 grams. This exceeds the recommended value of 12 grams. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the kinds and the quantity of sugar we are consuming. Our dietary sugar intake comes from three sources:

  • Natural sugars- These are present in fruit and dairy and provide essential nutrients to the body.
  • Added sugars - These are present in packaged foods and drinks and provide no essential nutrients to the body. 
  • Free sugars - These sugars are found in syrups and fruit juices and do not provide any essential nutrients. 

Tips for Preventing Tooth Decay

Dental decay can be prevented by following a few simple guidelines, such as :

  • Limit the consumption of sticky and sugary foods such as candy.
  • Adding flossing to your oral care routine can reduce the buildup of bacteria between the teeth.
  • Strengthen your tooth enamel by regularly using fluoride toothpaste.
  • Avoid consumption of packaged foods by preparing your own meals.
  • Keep an eye on your daily sugar intake.
  • Brush your teeth after eating anything sugary.
  • Chewing gum increases saliva production. Saliva helps clean food stuck on and between the teeth and helps remineralize tooth enamel.
  • Visit the dentist every 6 months for a regular check-up and cleaning.

To get your teeth checked for cavities and learn more about how sugar can affect your dental health, contact San Pedro Pediatric Medical Group at (310) 832-6487 or visit us at 1294 W 6th St #102, San Pedro, CA 90731.

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