A new study reveals that a love of sweets may not be easily explained away as a lack of willpower. As with many things, your love of sweets can come from genetics and may be driven by hormones. Combined with the research that shows sugar is highly addictive, this may mean that your search for sweets results in an increase in dental decay, putting your smile at risk.
How Sugar Impacts Healthy Teeth
Dentists have been discussing the impact of sugar on your smile for decades. As sugar has taken a bigger role in the average American diet, we combatted this rise in decay with fluoride in municipal drinking water to reduce the effects. While this helped improve the oral health of many, it sometimes is not enough to solve the problem.
Decay comes from acid caused by the reproduction of bacteria. What is their favorite fuel? You guessed it – sugar! Sugar can come from sweet snacks, but it also comes from starchy foods like chips, bagels, and crackers. One of the biggest offenders is something we often forget about – acidic and sugary drinks like soda and energy drinks.
As the acid around your teeth increases, it softens your enamel. Enamel is the hardest substance in your body and protects the vulnerable inner structure of your teeth. When this protection is breached, decay can move inside your tooth and affect the nerve, causing pain.
What We Do about Decay
Decay will continue to progress unless it’s treated. To treat it and protect your tooth, we remove the decay, clean the area thoroughly to prevent continued decay, and then seal your tooth with composite. Composite is a tooth-colored substance made of plastic and microscopic glass particles. It comes in many different shades to match your teeth and blend in completely.
If you want an experienced dentist in Evansville, IN, we welcome new patients and look forward to helping you achieve a comfortable and beautiful smile.