Is might surprise you, but it’s not sugar itself that causes damage to teeth! It’s actually the acid that bacteria creates when it consumes the sugar.
Sugar is a source of food and energy to bacteria and as they break it down, acids are produced.
This acid breaks through the enamel on your teeth, creating tiny holes which can cause your teeth to be sensitive to both hot and cold temperatures.
Over time those tiny holes can get bigger and bigger until they form large holes – called cavities. And THAT’S tooth decay.
So if you can’t resist sweet treats, what’s the best way to prevent damage?
Well, drinking water is a helpful way to wash the acids away. Your own spit – or saliva – contains minerals which can help repair damage to your teeth so it’s important to stay hydrated.
The acid attacks from bacteria only last around 20 minutes. So it’s better to eat sweet things over short periods, not over a long period of guzzling pop or munching on snacks.
That way you’re reducing the amount of time your teeth are under attack.
When the acid is being produced, it can actually cause more harm if you brush your teeth straight away as you might be helping the acid through the enamel.
It’s better to use a mouthwash and save your brushing for twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening. Using an electric toothbrush and flossing can help ensure you get into all the cracks.
- Bacteria eats sugar and that causes acid.
- The acid is what breaks through the enamel on your tooth, decaying them.
- ‘Acid attacks’ on your teeth only last for about twenty minutes.
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