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How Much Sugar Is Actually In Your Drink?

Posted on 2/21/2022 by Dr. Jae Seon Kim
How Much Sugar Is Actually In Your Drink?While sometimes it can be hard to avoid sugary drinks and snacks, it is essential to know that sugar puts your dental health at risk. This is because sugar can cause dental decay and cavities. However, it is not actually the sugar that creates the decay. It is the bacteria that feed on the sugar for energy. When this bacterium uses the sugar in your mouth, it releases acids as waste products. The acids then dissolve your teeth' enamel, creating decay and cavities. Therefore, it is always important to watch the amount of sugar you consume daily.

Sugary Drinks and Dental Health

There are so many bacteria that are present in our mouths. Some are good, while others are harmful and may trigger tooth decay and infections if you do not practice good oral hygiene. This means that whenever you use sugary drinks or foods, you should clean your mouth by either brushing, flossing, or using a mouthwash. Failure to do this can lead to stains, cavities, gum diseases, and decays.

Whenever the harmful bacteria remove acids, it depletes the minerals present in your mouth. The good thing is that minerals like calcium and phosphorus are always present in your saliva and help to repair the tooth enamel. But if you continue taking sugar without cleaning your mouth, the minerals are lost, and cavities or holes will eventually form around your teeth.

Should I Completely Remove Sugar From My Diet?

Sugar should not be completely eliminated from your diet. You can use it occasionally or substitute it with fruits and vegetables. Also, use sugary drinks moderately and do not sip the drinks slowly as it exposes your teeth to bacteria. Instead, use water a lot. Also, after taking anything sugary, make sure you rinse your mouth thoroughly to avoid weakening your teeth' enamel.

For more information about sugar and oral health, visit us. We will provide you with all the important tips you need to improve your dental health.
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