Are Cavities Caused by Sugar? Or Bacteria?

September 25, 2017
Posted By: Brenna Sura, DDS
Cause of Cavities | Temple TX Dentist

Since you were a little kid, you have been told that sugar is bad for your teeth. But did anybody ever actually explain why?

Is it the sugar itself that causes the damage, or is something else going on?

What’s Happening in Your Mouth

Throughout the day, food debris and saliva adhere to your teeth and create a bacteria-laden biofilm called plaque. Bacteria are always busy looking for a meal, and they especially love when you feed them sugar!

As bacteria consume sugar, they produce acid as a byproduct, which eats away your dental enamel and causes decay. So the process starts with sugar and bacteria, but it is the resulting acid that erodes your dental enamel and causes decay.

Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Teeth

Now that you understand the process a little better, you can see how critical it is to brush and floss your teeth every day. Brushing twice a day clears away plaque from the surface of your teeth, and flossing once a day removes plaque from between the teeth. 

Oral hygiene is essential, but you must pair it with routine dental visits if you want to enjoy the healthiest smile possible. Seeing your Temple, TX dentist twice a year for preventive cleanings and exams helps us stay a step ahead of problems that threaten your oral health.

Please Call Our Office for an Appointment

Dr. Richard Leung and our professional team are committed to providing you with the information you need to make sound decisions about your oral health. We love proactive patients and are always available to answer your questions by phone at (254) 206-3492 or by filling out our convenient online contact form.

We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to achieve a healthy smile that you can be proud to show off!

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