You know that large amounts of sugar is bad for your health, but did you know that sugar is also bad for your oral health. While many tend to believe only large amounts of sugar will cause oral health problems, even small amounts of sugar consumed frequently can produce the same consequences. As your dentist in Stevens Point, we do not want to see your smile damaged by sugar. We have the information you need to prevent the damaging effects of sugar.
Sugar and Your Oral Health
The largest risk from sugar consummation involves the development of cavities. While many think children are only at risk for cavity development, cavities can develop in anyone who consumes sugar and does not practice proper oral hygiene.
When you eat sugar and starchy foods, the sugar is naturally attracted to plaque and tarter in the mouth. Plaque and tarter contains bacteria. When sugar is combined with saliva and bacteria in the mouth, is causes the sugar to turn to acid. As this acid sits on the teeth, it slowly starts to eat away at the outer layer of the teeth, known as the enamel. Eventually, holes will develop in the enamel, exposing the dentin. Once this occurs, a cavity has now formed and will require treatment.
The easiest way to prevent cavities would be to avoid sugar all together but that is not possible. To prevent cavities, you need to practice proper oral hygiene. You need to use a fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth twice a day. Brush all surfaces of the teeth and pay careful attention to areas that are prone to cavities, such as the back molars.
In addition to brushing, you need to floss your teeth daily to remove plaque and tarter accumulations around the gum line. By doing so, you will reduce the amount of plaque and tarter in your mouth to prevent cavities while also preventing gum disease.
Your home care is also accompanied by regular visits to your family dentist in Stevens Point. Even with the best home care, you still need to visit the dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning. We will remove the plaque and tarter left behind from brushing and flossing. We will also perform a checkup to look for any areas of concern, such as weakened enamel or cavities. If we have found an area that requires treatment, we will treat the area to prevent further damage. In addition, we offer many preventive treatments to stop cavities before they even start, such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants.
Protect Your Smile
In addition to your oral hygiene, you need to eat a balanced diet that is limited in sugary and starchy foods. With the right oral care and a healthy diet, you will prevent the development of cavities to protect your teeth from sugar.
If you need a dental checkup and cleaning or suspect you have a cavity, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.