One of the first things you were told when you were a little kid is that sugar is bad for teeth. However, you may not have been told why sugar is bad, just that it is.
As an adult, you have the responsibility of managing your oral health. If you want to have a healthy smile, it helps to understand the habits that lead to dental problems so you can take steps to correct them.
The Problem with Sugar
A lot is going on in your mouth all the time, but especially when you eat. Bacteria collect on your teeth throughout the day and form a sticky biofilm called plaque. Since plaque contains bacteria and sticks to your teeth, you can’t get rid of it without brushing.
The film sits on your teeth while the bacteria are busy looking for a meal, and you accommodate them by feeding them sugar. This is where the trouble starts because as bacteria consume sugar, they produce acid as a byproduct. It is the acid that eats away at your dental enamel and causes cavities.
Protecting Your Oral Health
Now that you understand the process a little better, you can see how important it is to keep your teeth clean. Brushing and flossing twice a day is essential, as are routine visits to your dentist for regular professional cleanings and exams.
These appointments are the perfect time to ask your dentist or hygienist how you can get the most out of your oral hygiene efforts. You may think you know how to brush properly, but our habits tend to get a little sloppy over the years, so a quick refresher will motivate you to step up your efforts.
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