Sugar is one of the primary causes of cavities. Unfortunately, sugar is also present in nearly everything you eat. Since you can’t stop eating it, it’s important to understand how sugar causes dental decay and what you can do to minimize the damage.
The Cause Of Tooth Decay
When you eat sugar it reacts with the bacteria already present in your mouth. In itself this transaction is harmless. But, the by-product of this interaction is acid. This acid attacks the enamel on your teeth. Enamel is one of the toughest substances in the world but, over time, it will be worn down by the acid.
Once the enamel is worn through the acid will attack the softer tissue inside the tooth, as it eats through this it will reach your nerves, which is when you suddenly get a severe toothache. If you don’t eat sugar this process can’t happen. Unfortunately, sugar is present in most foods and plenty of drinks.
Preventing Dental Decay
The first thing you need to know is which foods are high in sugar and which are not. In general, processed foods have much more sugar than unprocessed ones. It’s best to avoid those types of food.
However, you should also note that fruit has natural sugars that are not as harmful to teeth. If you consume an excessive amount the same reaction will happen but small quantities of fruit remain the healthy option.
Obviously fizzy drinks are one of the worst culprits for sugar and should be avoided.
But, there is some good news! The reaction between sugar and bacteria is not instantaneous! You can dramatically reduce the effects of your sugar consumption by swilling your mouth with tap water after you’ve eaten the sugar. This will help to stop it from sticking to your teeth.
You can also brush your teeth to remove the sugar. However, you shouldn’t do this for at least half an hour after food. Brushing too early pushes food waste into the teeth and increases the likelihood of tooth damage.
Brushing every morning and evening will help, as will flossing once a day. When flossing gently slide the floss between your teeth and bring it upward in a sawing motion. Doing it downward makes it more likely that you’ll cut your gum. You can also brush after eating, providing you wait half an hour for your mouth to settle.
It can also help to chew chewing gum after eating sweets. You’ll need a sugar-free gum to ensure you’re helping your dental health instead of making it worse.
It’s also very important to schedule regular appointments with your holistic dentist. Although you can use a traditional dentist, a holistic one looks at your oral health in conjunction with any other health issues you have or may have. In other words, they treat you as a person, instead of treating each part of the person.
Moderating your sugar level is not always easy, sugar is an addictive substance. But, it can be done and your overall health, as well as your dental health, will thank you for it.