Whether you have a serious sweet tooth or just enjoy indulging in desserts now and again, you may feel that sugar is your biggest enemy. While it’s certainly not good for your oral health, that doesn’t mean you’ve necessarily sized this ingredient up correctly. To make sure you have a realistic understanding of sugar and its role in tooth decay, so you can enjoy your life and keep teeth safe, we suggest starting with a quiz (and remembering to ask more about it during your next visit).
Quiz Questions: True or False?
- True or False: The only thing that will end up causing you tooth decay is eating sugar. As long as you avoid it, there’s no reason for concern.
- True or False: If you eat any sugar at all, it will definitely end up leading to a cavity.
- True or False: There are worse and better ways to eat sugar, so you can do a better job of protecting your oral health when you do indulge.
- False. Sugar is one of the contributors. However, it’s not sugar alone. Tooth decay generally develops as a result of softening of your tooth tissue due to acidity (which is caused by bacteria releasing acids as they eat sugars and carbs or by acidic foods and beverages).
- False. Sugar can contribute to a cavity. However, if you care for your smile, you may eat it without a problem.
- True. Eat sugar in a single sitting, then rinse with water and then brush. This is far better than eating sugar all day and choosing to avoid rinsing or brushing afterward!
Protect Your Smile With Simple Sugar Knowledge
Remember that while sugar is not beneficial to your smile health, you can still indulge wisely. If you need some tips, feel free to ask us for guidance. Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.