Sugars: The Good and the Bad

Sugars: The Good and Bad

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It doesn’t matter how much time passes we will always hear people saying that sugar is bad for our teeth, and at a certain level it’s true, they are bad, after all, the bacterias that cause plaque and tooth decay needs sugar to grow and develop. But it isn’t all bad, there are actually certain “good” things that sugar can bring us. Stay with us till’ the end to learn the good, the bad and the ugly about Sugars and their effect both negative and positive in our Oral Health.

* Tooth Decay may occur due to a variety of factors, such as Genetics, General Health, Nutrition, Oral Hygiene, and Fluoridation.

* Any fermented carbohydrate besides sugar can cause plaque.

* The regularity in which we consume those fermented carbohydrates is more detrimental than the amount consumed.

There are many factors that can influence in some way the development of tooth decay, for example, what we eat and drink, the frequency in which we brush and floss are amongst many other factors.

If you want to understand, prevent and manage Tooth Decay, you have to address all the factors that can cause it. Our teeth are incredibly important to us. An Adult has 28 teeth in their mouth between incisors, canines, premolars, and molars.

Our teeth are comprised of three different layers, these are:

* Enamel -which is the hard mineralized outer layer, this is important as it is the first barrier.

* Dentine -this is a partially porous and mineralized layer which works as a connective layer.

* Pulp -the soft center of the tooth, where all the blood vessels and nerves are located.

Dental Decay happens when our teeth get coated with a layer of dental plaque fill with bacterias which when getting in contact with sugars or starch creates acids. When this happens for a prolonged period of time, cavities tend to develop and get infected if it remains untreated.

Below we’ll name all the contributing factors which cause dental cavities and how you can manage it to keep healthy teeth.

* All Foods and Drinks containing Sugars and Starch encourage the growth of the cariogenic bacteria.

* Foods that have a tendency to stick to the teeth also increases the risks.

* Sugars, Calcium, and Phosphates contained in foods like Milk and Proteins lower the risks of developing Dental Cavities, but they do not remove it completely.

As mentioned above, frequency is a more determinate factor for dental cavities

* The Frequency in which we consume Sugars and Starch increases our chances of developing Dental Cavities.

* The constant snacking and drinking of sugary goodies tends to upset the natural protective mechanisms the mouth have.

* It is recommended to give teeth a “Rest” between each meal and each snack of up to two hours. Thus allowing the natural protective mechanisms to repair the damage.

* Saliva is our best friend, it helps to wash away whatever food remained in our teeth from our last meal, it also neutralizes the acids and remineralizes the outer layer of our teeth, and repairs any damage done by plaque.  

* Chewing sugar-free gum helps to stimulate saliva.

Proper Oral Hygiene is of the utmost importance, follow these tips to make sure that yours is as good as it should be.

* Brushing your teeth regularly with a fluoride-rich toothpaste and flossing on a daily basis, helps to get rid of any reaming plaque greatly reducing the risks of acids sticking of the teeth.

* Sharing a Drink or a Meal with someone else can transfer plaque bacteria back and forth. Which greatly increases the chances of developing Dental cavities. Avoiding this is very important for your oral health.

Some professional tips are:

* This is the most effective way to deal with any Dental Issues caused by the regular consumption of sugars – visit your dentist regularly.

* Your Dentist should be able to advise you in dealing with all the factors mention here, including a healthy diet to keep you away from damaging sugars.

Dental cavities have been a problem from mankind very much since the beginning of time. The good news is that nowadays there are multiple ways of getting rid of it. Just make sure you consider everything you read in here, visit your dentist, and stay away from any sugars.

Cornerstone Chapel Hill Family Dentistry, one of the best dentist in the Chapel Hill area, offers services for all you dental concerns. Contact them today to make an appointment.


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