A lot of people think that eating sugar = cavities. But there’s more to it than that! Here’s what’s happening to those pearly whites:
– Bacteria in your mouth form a sticky film on your teeth called PLAQUE.
– When those bacteria “feed” on food particles, they produce acid.
– That acid deteriorates the protective enamel on your teeth, causing a cavity.
If you don’t remove the plaque on your teeth regularly — by brushing and flossing — those bacteria and acids are in contact with your teeth longer and cause more damage.
Eating food that is high in sugar or carbs causes the bacteria to produce MORE acid, which could translate to more cavities if you don’t brush and floss consistently.
So…you don’t have to deny your sweet tooth as long as you’re practicing good oral hygiene!
But, moderation is always key.
That’s Oral Health 101 for today!