Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Visit the Dentist: Excessive Sugar Intake Is the Bane of Your Teeth
In the world of dentistry, it is common knowledge that tooth decay is a common dental problem faced by both kids and adults—and sugars are the topmost cause of decay. Plaque, which constantly forms on teeth that are not regularly or properly brushed, houses lots of bacteria. As a person eats sugar-laden foods, the bacteria reacts with them, thereby producing acid that eats away at the enamel, the outer covering of the teeth. The more sugars one eats, the higher the amount of acids produced, thus accelerating decay. When the enamel breaks down, cavities are formed. The American Dental Association states that while common in children, cavities are potentially a bigger problem with adults due to changes that occur with aging. The gums recede from the teeth, which exposes the roots to plaque.