Tooth decay is caused by bacteria which produces acids in your mouth that feed on sugar.
Sugar has both good and bad effects on our health. When taken in limited quantity, sugar has lot of benefits for human health. Sugar has high calorie content which provides energy to the body. Glycolic acid in sugar helpful for maintaining the healthy skin.
Consuming too much of sugar leads to metabolic dysfunctions like heavy weight gain, abdominal obesity, decreased HDL and increased LDL and uric acid, elevated blood sugar and triglycerides and high blood pressure.
Sugar has its negative impact on almost every part of the body. Sugar’s negative impact on oral health is commonly seen. Sugar content in drinks especially sodas and juices has its impact as tooth decay or cavities. Sugar causes damage to the teeth enamel and encourages the growth of harmful bacteria.
Plaque which forms on teeth and gums also contains bacteria. Sugar content in the mouth is consumed by the bacteria which releases acid as a waste product. This acid slowly dissolves the enamel in the teeth and leads to formation of cavities.
Gradual destruction by the cavities can lead to worn-out back teeth and changes in your biting patterns. This condition may require a dentist consultation and correction evident as extraction of unhealthy teeth, gum surgery and dental implants.
Some tips for strong teeth and healthy gums:
- Avoid too many sweets
- Detecting early signs of tooth decay
- Brushing teeth twice a day
- Visiting a dental doctor twice a year
- Seeking professional support to remove plaque and tartar
- Availing advance dental treatments for added protection