How Does Sugar Lead To Cavities?

Now that the Christmas holiday is over, you’re probably left with plenty of cookies and other holiday sweets. While we love them as much as anyone else, we also know there’s a link between sugary sweets and cavities. What can our Astoria, NY, patients do to stay healthy and avoid the onset of cavities?

Sugary Sweets and Tooth Decay

When we consume foods and drinks with sugar, particles remain behind on and between our teeth. Bacteria then break down these particles. In the process, oral acidity increases and plaque buildup forms on the teeth. These factors then weaken tooth enamel, causing erosion and allowing bacteria to reach the inner layers of dentin. Tooth decay then begins to develop.

Toothaches and Tooth Sensitivity

As a person develops cavities, tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks occur. Later, a toothache forms that won’t subside. Without treatment, the decay may eventually become an infected tooth, one that could threaten the tooth’s stability. If you have persistent discomfort in one or more of your teeth, please let us know!

Keep Your Smile Cavity-Free

What can you do to avoid tooth decay? First, cut back on sugary snacks and treats. Next, if you do enjoy a cookie or piece of leftover pie, be sure you wash it down with a glass of water. We also suggest brushing your teeth for two minutes twice daily with a toothpaste containing fluoride. Flossing before going to bed is also essential. Finally, make time to see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning. Routine checkups allow us to identify and treat cavities before discomfort arises. A cleaning removes all plaque buildup, limiting the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. If you have any questions about preventing cavities after the holiday season, then contact our team today.

Does Your Smile Need Attention?

Talk to our team today about treatment to help you enjoy a better smile in 2019. We have a comprehensive array of treatment options. For more information, schedule a consultation with us by calling Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.