Most of us know that sugar can lead to cavities, but very few people truly understand why. In honor of Sugar Awareness Week, we’re explaining the role sugar plays in tooth decay.
When you eat sugar, it teams up with bacteria in your mouth to create plaque — a soft and sticky film that collects on teeth. As the plaque spreads, it sticks to the surface of your teeth, making it more difficult to keep your teeth clean.
Failing to fully remove plaque can lead to decay. That’s because, as it eats sugar, it also produces acid. This acid begins to break down the minerals in tooth enamel, causing tiny holes to appear. The acid continues to eat away at the enamel until the small holes become bigger. At this point, you have cavities.
By the time your tooth starts to ache, the enamel has already been attacked by acids. So don’t wait until you have a toothache to see your dentist! Regular checkups can help prevent cavities from forming.
Our oral health care team diagnoses, treats and manages your oral health care needs including exams, cleanings, gum care, root canals, fillings, crowns and preventive education. To make an appointment with integratedDENTAL, call us today at 516.677.9010.