sugar is bad for your teeth because it feeds the acid excreting bacteria. As the bacteria in your mouth feed on the sugar they excrete acid, this acid can attack your teeth causing dental decay.
If these bacteria are not kept at bay they can multiply causing extensive dental problems. The biofilm which covers your teeth and harbours the bacteria can form into hard deposits known as plaque. This plaque can irritate the gums which causes the gums to recede, this then exposes more tooth to acid decay.
How to beat the sugar and acid attack.
- Wait 20 min after eating before brushing your teeth, this gives your teeth time to harden again after the acid attack.
- Brush your teeth for 2 min twice per day.
- Use an interdental brush or floss to clean in between your teeth daily.
- Use a fluoride mouthwash once per day, in between meals to boost the strength of your dental enamel.
- Visit your dentist regularly as they can spot the early warning signs of decay much sooner than you. They can then ensure that the dental hygienist works with you to modify your oral health care routine and prevent the decay worsening.
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