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Sugar… ah, honey, honey… what a great song!
But sugar isn’t actually that great.
Yes, your lollies or soda here and there don’t seem so bad - however constantly exposing your teeth to sugar can become very harmful regardless of the risk of chipping your teeth and causing a dental emergency with those feisty hard lollies.
Exposing your teeth to sugar over a long period will attack, weaken, and eventually destroy the enamel on your teeth, which can put you at risk of tooth decay and tooth cavities.
We have a wide variety of bacteria naturally living in our mouths, both good and bad. The sugar in soda and lollies interferes with the bacteria, which then forms acid. This acid is the problem, which causes dental problems like cavities or tooth erosion - and in the worst cases, tooth decay.
Soda, lollies and any hidden sugars in food attack the dentin, which then damages our tooth enamel and opens the door for cavities to form. Therefore, it’s not actually the sugar that is damaging your teeth but the bacteria living in your mouth. Hush-hush, don’t tell your children!
But what about fruit?
Yes, we know there are sugary fruits - however, the natural sugars aren’t as aggressive as processed sugars and therefore reduce the risk of tooth decay. The health benefits of fruit outweigh the unwanted effects of the sugar, therefore cutting out fruit completely is not advised but eating it in moderation is. We need to ensure that our children limit their sugar intake as their teeth are still developing, and therefore they are more at risk of damaging their teeth. We’re not saying you can’t enjoy a soda or a few lollies here or there, just keep them limited - and if anything happens contact us immediately.
Here are some tips to avoid sugar tooth decay:
And more importantly, some tips to follow good oral hygiene:
Eat and drink responsibly. This is the one occasion we hope to not see you too soon!