The truth about sugar and sugar-free foods

Your tooth’s enamel is the layer of film that covers the exterior of your teeth. Many of the things that we eat and drink wear away at this protective coating over time. The most notorious culprit is sugar. However, sugar isn’t the only thing you need to be concerned about when it comes to your dental health.  Dr. Jennifer Schau and your Saginaw, MI dental team understand the impact that sugar can have on teeth but know that there are other harmful ingredients patients should be aware of as well.

Why is Sugar Bad?

Sugary foods mix with the plaque on your teeth and create acid. This acid has the ability to wear away the tooth’s protective enamel. It’s the acid that is created when sugar and plaque collide that tends to cause things like tooth decay in your teeth.

What Else Should You Look Out For?

Eliminating sugar will not completely eliminate the erosion of your tooth’s enamel. This is why buying sugar-free products will not always have the impact you might expect. Sugar-free foods often contain acidic ingredients that will continue to wear away at your teeth’s enamel, even without the presence of sugar. The real culprit is the acid created by the mixture of plaque and foods that are acidic as well.

So what do you do? Dr. Schau and team recommend that you brush or rinse after meals to reduce the acids sitting around your teeth, on top of daily hygiene like brushing once a day and flossing every day. Being careful with not just sugary foods and drinks but also acidic ones can go a long way. And lastly, coming in for your biannual check up rounds it off, because Dr. Schau and team can help professionally clean your teeth to save from early signs of enamel wear. Give the Saginaw, MI dental team a call today if you have any questions or would like to request an appointment.