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Feb
14

Sugary Drinks – Bad News For Your Teeth

Posted in Root Canals

The news is full of problems about eating too much sugar and too many sweet foods.  Obesity levels are at record highs in the United States, and there is a greater incidence of diabetes mellitus in the United States than ever before.  Another common problem seen with eating and consuming too many sweet and sugary foods is the damage it does to your teeth.

One of the problems with sugary or sweet foods is that they have little to no nutritional value. So, while drinking that soda that is full of sugar may taste good, it does not fill you up or give your body the nutrients it needs to survive and thrive.  This lack of nutritional value is what leads to the common problems mentioned above.

Many wonder what the relationship is between sugary drinks and cavities. When sugary or sweet things are eaten, a small amount remains in your mouth all the time. These bacteria that cause plaque thrive on this sugar in your mouth. In time, the plaque allows for an increased amount of acid to be made in your mouth, and this is what causes the tooth decay and leads to the need for dental resorations such as fillings, crowns, root canals, and even tooth replacement in severe cases.

One of the easiest ways to limit tooth decay is to limit the amount of sweets and sugar you consume each day. If you are going to eat candy, or drink sugary drinks, try to brush immediately after to limit the damage to your teeth.  If possible, limit the drinks you consume that are high in sugar.  Become a label buff, and read the back of packages and food labels to find out how much sugar is in things.

The healthier you are, the healthier your teeth are.

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