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What’s wrong with sugar?

June 11, 2012 | Tips and Advice

Why is sugar bad for your teeth?

Sugar acts like an acid dissolving the enamel on teeth. Each time you eat a snack containing sugar, the resulting acid attack can last up to 20 minutes. The naturally-occurring bacteria in the mouth use sugar as energy to multiply and stick themselves to the surface of a tooth. Over time, this turns into plaque and continues to eat away at the tooth’s enamel. Tiny holes will eventually be made in the enamel. These are cavities. Left untreated cavities will continue to grow and cause pain.

How much sugar do some foods contain?

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What can you do about it?

Try not to snack or graze as each time you eat something with sugar, the effects hang around for 20 minutes. If you do need to snack, try to do so with low sugar options like cereals. The more you brush your teeth the better it is for removing plaque and reducing the chances of decay getting a grip.

For more information please ask one of our team. Call for an appointment 01732361934 or email
tonbridge-rec@idhgroup.co.uk.