Everyone loves a treat but how does sugar affect our teeth and gum?

Sugar & Saliva PH

Every time we eat saliva PH drops within minutes to a critical level where tooth decay start. It takes about 30 min to return to its normal level. This is measured and demonstrated in Stephan Curve.

The mix of sugar and saliva create this acidic environment in the mouth where bacteria flourish and start tooth cavities and in turn, receding gums and the need complex procedures to repair the damage. Most of us can’t avoid sugar entirely, so it is crucial to avoid snacks on sugar rich diet and to brush and floss regularly 

What form of sugar is harmful? 

The simple answer all forms of sugar are harmful. 

Sugar comes in many forms. The commonest one is the solid white sugar we use with food. Those crystals of sugar stick to the teeth and saliva find it difficult to wash away. This harmful effect gets worse with more concentrated and sticky treats like toffee.

Liquid sugar is not safe as well. This form of sugar is prevalent in most sugar-sweetened drinks. Consuming this form of sugar is like swishing with a mouthwash that coats your mouth in toxins. As that sticky film sits there, bacteria begin to breed in the acidic solution, and the acid slowly break tooth enamel. The same film sits on the gums, where the bacteria can lead to gingivitis and contribute to bad breath.

How does brushing and flossing affect sugar collection?

Sugar provide nutrition to harmful bacteria that grow into plaque causing tooth cavities and gum disease. Over time, the soft plaque hardens and change to solid tartar. This new hard deposit can’t be simply brushed away aggravating gum diseases and leading to gum recession, bleeding, loss of supporting jawbone called periodontitis. In severe cases, periodontitis can lead to the breakdown of connective tissue and tooth loss and the need for expensive restorations like dental bridges, dental implants, or cosmetic dentures.

As a result, it is crucial to break this cycle. This is start at home with careful diet reducing sugar intake particularly avoid snacking on sugar rich diet including dried fruits. 

Plaque need to be mechanically removed using toothbrush and floss daily. Also, not to forget visiting our dental hygienist for professional teeth cleaning.

We are here to help keep your smile healthy. Do not forget to visit London Smile Care at least twice a year for your regular check ups.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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