Everyone loves sugar, and we have always been told that it is horrible for our teeth. This isn’t necessarily completely true! What if we told you that it’s not actually the sugar that is doing the damage? Even your dentists at HomeTown Dental love sugar, but we make sure to properly take care of our dental hygiene. Today we’re going to tell you the truth and some tips for how you can still eat all of your favorite sugary foods without harming your pearly whites.

Your Mouth Causes Cavities?
Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Your mouth has hundreds of types of bacteria, but most of them are beneficial to your health. However, a few of those bacteria are considered harmful when mixed with sugar. The acid created can eat through your tooths enamel, which protects the outer layer of the tooth. Thankfully, the toothpaste we all pick up from the drugstore has a mineral in it called fluoride. Fluoride not only prevents tooth decay, but it can also reverse the early stages of tooth decay.

Do I Have To Stop Eating Sugar Completely?
Thanks to a little thing called xylitol, you are still able to eat sugar in moderation. Xylitol is a type of sugar that tastes exactly like sugar but it doesn’t contain any of the acid-promoting qualities of real sugar. This type of sugar is commonly found in sugar-free gum, sugar-free mints, and even toothpaste! If you do choose to eat real sugar, it is important to brush multiple times a day and swish your mouth out with mouthwash or water after eating a sweet snack to prevent cavities.

As humans, we all need sugar to function, but the key is moderation. This time of the year we find ourselves eating a lot of chocolate and sweets, so dental hygiene needs to be a priority for everyone. If you are experiencing pain or tooth decay, the sooner you take care of the problem the better. HomeTown Dental has nine locations in North Texas to take care of all of your dental needs. Our friendly and professional staff will work with you to determine the cause of the pain and take the appropriate steps to treat it. Contact us today to make an appointment to get your cavities filled.

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