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You’ve likely heard all your life that sugar is not only bad for your waistline, but for your teeth as well. However, finding out the truth regarding sugar and tooth health isn’t that easy; there’s a lot of mixed information available.

So let’s see what Dr. Brett Riche recommends you take into account when eating foods high in sugar.

It’s not actually sugar itself

Sugar itself, while not the healthiest thing in the world, isn’t the direct cause of oral health problems; rather, it’s the catalyst that sets in motion a chain of events that contributes to enamel erosion and tooth decay.

So what happens?

Foods high in sugar are generally high in acids as well. These acids attack your teeth; specifically, the enamel, or the outermost layer of your teeth. When that layer is attacked, it weakens your teeth. The acids found in sugary foods also do a number on your gums, making them more susceptible to inflammation.

Causes plaque buildup

Since sugary foods are usually sticky, it’s harder to clean their residue from your mouth. That means you’ll likely end up with more plaque in your mouth than you can clean. If you don’t get rid of plaque as quickly as possible, it leads to tartar, which causes gingivitis. Gingivitis is a form of gum disease and definitely not a problem you want to deal with.

So in short, sugar does have some bad effects on your oral health. However, if you watch your intake and maintain a good oral health regimen, you should be fine.

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