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Should You Limit How Much Sugar You Consume Each Day for Better Oral Health?

Posted on 2/22/2021 by Jeannie Molato, DDS
Should You Limit How Much Sugar You Consume Each Day for Better Oral Health?Cutting down sugar consumption is linked to good health. High sugar intake also increases your risk of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Also, sugars can impact your dental health and increase your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Therefore, understanding the effects of sugar on your oral health is essential to make informed decisions.

Sugar Alters Mouth Ph

For optimal tooth and gum health, your mouth should have a low PH. This is made possible by saliva, which neutralizes mouth acidity. When you consume sugars, your saliva breaks it down, releasing acids that increase mouth acidity. An acidic environment will wear out your tooth enamel and expose you to tooth decay. Once the enamel is worn out, your inner tooth gets exposed to decay. You may also experience tooth sensitivity to temperature due to nerve exposure. If untreated, tooth decay may extend to your pulp and infect it, forcing an extraction or a root canal.

Sugar Promotes Bacterial Growth

The mouth hosts bacteria that can potentially harm your teeth with poor oral hygiene. These bacteria rely on sugars for food and convert the sugars into acids. Therefore, consuming sugars encourages the multiplication of cavity-causing bacteria. Given that these bacteria are also active in an acidic environment, consuming sugars will increase their activity; hence, your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Since sugars can harm your teeth, you should limit intake to keep your mouth healthy. Alternatively, if you want to consume sugary snacks, consider taking them with meals rather than between meals. This is because of the high saliva production during meals that will flush out excess sugars. You should also brush and floss your teeth after meals and maintain a regular dental check-up for a healthy mouth. For more details on the effects of sugars on your oral health, contact our office today.
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