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August 25th, 2021

Sugar and its effects on your teeth

The amount of sugar you consume has a direct effect on your overall health, especially on your oral health. Many of the foods you eat every day contain sugar and though sugar can be fun to consume once in a while, too much can wreak havoc on your oral cavity. When you are shopping for food, be sure to read the labels as some products contain hidden amounts of sugar. Consider buying items with reduced or no sugar. Even healthy sugar from fruits and juices can deteriorate your enamel.

How does sugar break down your enamel?

Though sugar itself is not an acidic substance, when combined with the bacteria in your mouth it can eat away at the protective layers on your teeth when left there for too long. Your mouth has bacteria and the bacteria eats the sugars causing the PH level in your mouth to become acidic. When you avoid regular brushing and flossing while continually consuming lots of sugar, you can be putting your oral cavity at risk for periodontitis.

White stains after braces

Have you had dental work done by your Fort McMurray orthodontist? Even though your teeth will be straighter after wearing braces, you could be left with white spots on your enamel due to overconsumption of sugar. Acidic grime can get stuck under your braces and cause this type of staining to appear on your teeth.

Increased sensitivity

Are you noticing your teeth and gums have become extremely sensitive lately? This could be due to the amount of sugar you are eating. As the acid level in your mouth begins to break down your enamel, your gums and the roots of your teeth become more exposed. Your teeth are left unprotected, causing heightened sensations that can become extremely painful.

Keep your teeth looking and feeling great by limiting the amount of sugar you consume. If you run into problems with your oral cavity, your cosmetic dentists in Fort McMurray are available to fix any major issues. Be careful when consuming sugar products to reduce your sensitivity and steer clear of these types of dental disasters.

When you do decide to eat sugar, make sure to:

  • Avoid having sweeteners sit in your mouth for a long period
  • If you can’t brush your teeth after eating, try chewing on a non-sugary snack to help produce saliva that can wash away the acid causing culprit you just consumed

You might notice some of the following signs of eating too much sugar:

  • Acne breakout
  • Weight gain
  • Cavities
  • High blood pressure
  • Tired more than usual
  • You have inflammation in your body

Next time you visit the Fort McMurray orthodontist, ask them to check the effects sugar has had on your teeth. The more informed you are, the better.

Dr. Gurshant

Medically reviewed by Dr. Gurshant Grewal - a Registered Dentist on August 25th, 2021

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