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How Sugar Affects Your Teeth

Published on April 19th, 2019

With the weather warming up, it’s tempting to turn to sugary snacks and drinks to keep you cool and refreshed. But have you stopped to think about how all of the sugar that you are consuming affects your teeth? Our dentist in Bloomingdale and West Loop has seen firsthand the negative effects that sugar causes to not only your mouth, but your overall health.

Tooth Decay

Sugar from the foods that you eat and the drinks you consume will produce acids inside of your mouth that eventually dissolves and damage your teeth. This bacteria can continue to build up and eventually cause even more serious damage to your smile by eroding your enamel. If you are regularly losing your enamel, it can lead to tooth sensitivity as well as cavities. It is important to prevent enamel loss in order to take care of your mouth in the long-term.

What is Contributing to Decay?

There is a lot of added sugar in many of your favorite foods and drinks, including soft drinks, juices, energy drinks, protein bars, cereal and so much more. It is important to read the nutrition facts before you eat or drink something to ensure it does not have excessive amounts of added sugar.

Prevention Tips

In addition to avoiding a sugar-filled diet, you should use a straw when drinking to reduce the amount of exposure of sugar to your teeth. Our dentist in Bloomingdale and West Loop also recommends brushing with fluoride toothpaste to protect your teeth. Drinking a lot of water is another great way to help dilute the sugar and rinse out your mouth.

Scheduling regular dentist reservations with our team is another great way to stay one step ahead of decay or erosion. Contact Pure Dental Spa today to get started!

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