Wednesday, September 20, 2017

How Sugar Decays Teeth

Sugar in food and beverages play a large role in the development of cavities. Our doctors at Southern Cross Dental previously mentioned how sugar provides no nutrients for teeth and we’d like to elaborate on that. When plaque is left behind on teeth, bacteria within the plaque use the sugar as energy and release acid that attacks enamel. Tooth decay doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process.

Sugar may have many names – glucose, sucrose, and fructose – but it’s all the same. Certain harmful bacteria in the mouth feed on the sugars that we eat to create acids that destroy tooth enamel. Though this process is constantly being reversed through remineralization, cavities can still develop. Limiting your sugar intake is the best thing you can do for tooth enamel to avoid tooth sensitivity and protect against decay.  

If you have questions or concerns regarding dental health, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, call 719-471-1717.

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