From Halloween through New Year’s Day, many people choose to throw their diets out the window – or at least be way more lenient about what they eat. While it is entirely understandable to want to indulge in the desserts that are abundant this time of the year, it is vital that you stop and think about how all of that sugar will affect your smile.
Countless studies prove that too much sugar is bad for your overall health. Diets high in sugar can be linked directly to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and even kidney disease. Many studies are coming out that show that high quantities of sugar also “feed” cancer cells. Too much sugar is simply unhealthy for your body, but did you also know that sugar is harmful to your smile?
Inside your mouth, there are millions of oral bacteria present to help break down particles left behind after you eat and drink. While these bacteria do a decent job at their task, it is important to understand how the bacteria work. Oral bacteria produce acids to assist them in breaking down food particles. A small amount of acid will break down the particles without damaging your teeth (so long as you practice good oral hygiene). However, oral bacteria congregate in huge quantities around particles of sugar. As they congregate together, the amount of acids that they produce is significantly higher than any other area. The high production of acids puts the teeth in an extremely vulnerable situation. Cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease are a direct result of damaging acids and plaque (which is bacterial buildup).
Diets that are high in sugar are directly linked to many oral health concerns. Teeth that are under constant assault from acid-producing bacteria will quickly suffer. Before you partake in dessert every time it is offered, before you swipe another treat from the candy bowl, and before you allow your kiddos to do either of these – consider the cost.
At Jefferson Dental Care, we encourage everyone to choose a healthy diet to promote a healthy smile. Through proper oral hygiene, regular dental visits, and wise food choices, your smile can last for a lifetime.
Posted on behalf of Jefferson Dental Care