What Can Sweets Do To Your Teeth?
You may have heard of a sweet tooth. If you say someone you know has a sweet tooth, it means that they are fond of eating sweet stuff. When you are a child, you love to eat anything sweet.
This Easter season marks another time of the year where we get to spend our money on sweets. But as a provider of family-friendly dental services in Richardson, Texas, we want to warn all parents out there to limit their purchase of these scrumptious and tempting confectionaries.
As dentists, we want the world to be rid of oral diseases. To achieve this, we believe that educating the public is the most ideal way. Because Easter is right around the corner, we listed some facts you need to know on how these sugary substances affect your oral health:
- Development of unfriendly things called cavities. Scientists and researchers have long confirmed that our mouth is like an ecosystem. An ecosystem is a place where living and non-living things interact in order to survive. Imagine a small forest; our mouth is exactly like that.
There are living things that live in our mouth and we call them microorganisms. Some of these microscopic living things are essential for the overall health of our mouth’s biomes. Others pose a threat.
If you have been munching on some chocolate or eating some Easter candies, the sugar in these foods will stick onto your teeth if you do not brush them away. Even bacteria love sweet foods as they begin to flock the teeth that contains the sugary substance. And when they flock, they begin to chew everything along the way.
And just like any other living organisms, bacteria secrete wastes in the form of acids. These acids harm the teeth, therefore creating a hole to mess with your teeth. If you do not treat the hole and cover it up, the damage may extend to deeper layers. This can cause pain and even tooth loss.
- Constant repairs. Once our body is in danger, it does not mean that it does not give off a fight. It is like the game of chess, there are things that are willing to die for the sake of everybody’s welfare.
Our teeth are under attack by bacteria 24/7. And the ones that counter this attack is our saliva. It is the job of the saliva to sustain the minerals that were chipped off by acids. This is what keeps the teeth holding on.
However, if you eat lots of sweets, your saliva may not make it. Remember that sugar help invite bacteria that can worsen the acid. Instead of doing what it can, your saliva will not be able to hold out the front much longer. This will result to the destruction of your teeth.
- Prevention of the healing process. Our body is capable of healing itself. This is applicable no matter what part of the body we are looking at. When you take in more sugary foods, your teeth will also suffer as you may no longer be able to heal.
Tooth decay will even set in making the other parts of your teeth more susceptible to the disease. Did we not tell you that tooth decay can be extremely harmful for the patient? Many who have had the disease experience the excruciating pain of being on the dentist chair and having the plaque removed.
But who are we kidding? Removing the plaque and/or cavities is not the worst part. Some cases of tooth decay require the extraction of the entire tooth in order to save the rest. Call it a noble sacrifice.
You do not want to end this Easter season with a poor dental habit. So never underestimate what sweet foods can do to your health. ORCHID Family Dental wants to remind you that kids will always be kids and will love a sweet treat or two. But if you give in to their wishes, they will only hurt themselves more.
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