Let’s chat about Tooth Decay
Tooth decay, or ‘dental caries’, occur when acid from within the mouth attacks the enamel and dentine of the teeth causing holes, yes HOLES or cavities to form. The acid is produced by bacteria that are found within the plaque – a sticky and thin film that repeatedly forms over the teeth. When sugar is consumed it interacts with the bacteria within the plaque to produce acid. This acid is responsible for tooth decay because it slowly dissolves the enamel creating holes or cavities in the teeth. Tooth decay can lead to tooth abscesses, which may result in the tooth having to have a root canal treatment or even extraction.
“I want a root canal.” said no one ever..
Did you know sugar is one of the main causes of tooth decay?
People who regularly consume sugar have a higher risk of developing dental caries, particularly if the food they eat is sticky.
Sugars in food and drinks play a MAJOR role in the development of dental caries. Bacteria within the plaque use sugar as energy and releases acid as a waste product, which gradually dissolves the enamel in the teeth.
Ways to reduce dental decay…
- Brushing teeth thoroughly twice a day with fluoride-containing toothpaste as well as flossing daily.
- Reducing the amount of sugary foods, you eat and drink water on a regular basis. Water is so important for keeping those sugars rinsed off. Just stating the facts…
- Reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. Limit those carbonated drinks and energy drinks!
- Stay on top of your dental cleanings & check-ups. Early detection can lead to less extensive treatment.
So, the moral of the story is decreasing your sugar intake.. (I said DECREASE not totally give up sugar) drink more water, brush & floss daily AND don’t miss those dental cleanings!