While it’s difficult to say No to your favorite chocolate cookies or doughnuts, it is also intelligent to limit your indulgences and stay away from them. We all know that excessive sugar consumption causes obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other unwanted conditions. Sugar is also the primary cause of dental cavities, and children are particularly susceptible. Unnecessary sugar in the form of sugary drinks and junk food call upon the bacteria present in the mouth to feast on them. When sugar and bacteria meet , some acids are released which destroy the tooth surface and lead to what we commonly refer to as ‘cavities’. The enamel which is the hardest and the outermost white covering of your tooth dissolves and breakdowns making way for these hungry bacteria to enter the tooth, which leads to deepening of the cavity. So to make it simpler, it works like this:
sugar + bacteria = acid and, acid + tooth =CAVITIES.
But many people claim to have a lot of sugar in their diet and they don’t have dental cavities? Well, consuming excess sugar is not advised but it is possible that some sugar loving people have less tooth decay compared to other sugar loving people who have widespread tooth decay. Why do you think that happens? We all have good and bad bacteria in our mouths and they live in harmony and brotherhood in a healthy person, just like they do in their gut. Any imbalance between the beneficial or good bacteria and the bad ones, diseases are kick started. So apart from restraining from excess refined sugar, don’t forget to include probiotics into your diet. Having that extra cup of yogurt will boost levels of healthy, friendly and good bacteria in the body and keep the bacteria clan happy. Eat wisely and you’ll witness that your visits to the dental office are considerably reduced!