What does sugar do with your teeth?

Everyone knows that you can get holes of sugar. But how exactly do holes occur? And why can soft drinks lead to tooth decay? Read it here.

What does sugar do with your teeth?
Everyone knows that you can get holes of sugar. But how exactly do holes occur? And why can soft drinks lead to tooth decay? Read it here.

What does sugar do with your teeth?

 

Too much sugar is not good for your teeth. If you often eat sugary foods, soft drinks and fruit juices on a daily basis, you have a greater chance of cavities and dental erosion.

 

Why is sugar bad for your teeth?

Sugar can cause cavities (also called caries) in the teeth. This is because the bacteria in the mouth convert sugar into acid. This acid dissolves the tooth enamel of teeth and molars. The tooth enamel can recover itself, but it needs some time.

 

If your teeth often have to process acids every day, it will not have enough time to recover. This may cause holes. Many dentists therefore recommend that you have no more than seven eating and drinking moments per day.

 

Dental erosion due to acids in drinks

Soft drinks, fruit juices and yoghurt drinks contain acids as well as sugars. Although you can hardly taste these acids, they attack the tooth enamel. The wear caused by these acids is called tooth erosion. The problem: dental erosion is not easy to repair.

 

Light drinks also contain acids

Light drinks contain sugar substitutes that do not cause cavities. However, this does not necessarily make light drinks "better" or "healthier" than regular soft drinks or fruit juices. Because even light drinks contain acids that can cause tooth erosion. We therefore recommend that you choose water, coffee and tea without sugar.

 

Prevent tooth decay

To prevent cavities and dental erosion, it is best to get as little added sugar as possible. When it comes to drinks, then it's best to choose water, coffee and tea without sugar. When it comes to food, we advise you to avoid cookies, sweets and other products with so-called "free sugars". In addition, we naturally recommend that you brush your teeth well twice a day.