Oral Health Link to Whole Body Health: A Blog

Oral Health Link to Whole Body Health: A Blog

How Sugar Can Represent a Twin Threat to Your Oral Health

Duane Kelly

Sugar comes in many different forms. It occurs naturally in fruit, but can also be added to artificially manufactured food and drink in large quantities. Many people believe that sugar presents a general threat to your health, as it can promote cellular inflammation. However, it seems that it can pose a particular threat to the health of your teeth, from not one but two different perspectives. What should you be aware of before you buy any packaged fruit juices or high-energy drinks again?

Two Levels of Assault

As soon as the sugary drink enters your mouth, damage begins to occur immediately. The acid contained within goes to work on the surface of the teeth and begins a slow, but gradual process of erosion. This is the first line of attack. However, it is now believed that sugar can contribute to a natural digestive reaction called "acid reflux." When the sugar reaches the stomach, it causes an overpopulation of acid which can lead to some of it being returned from whence it came. This acid then goes back from the stomach to the mouth and is able to start "round two" of the erosion.

Can You Brush It Away?

Some people seem to think that if they maintain a regular brushing regime that they can control the effects of this sugar. However, the actual acidity levels in the mouth will normalise fairly quickly, and the damage is done in a relatively short space of time. This is why it's much better to regulate the diet, rather than trying to clean up the mess afterwards.

How to Eat Fruit

If you do choose to eat fruit instead of artificial food and drink, it may be a good idea to blend these together in a juicer. This may make it easier for you to consume the amount of fruit (and vegetables) that are recommended, as it will be in a more palatable drink. Try and drink this concoction through a straw, though, as this will reduce the time that the sugary content interacts with your teeth.

Thinning Enamel

The long-term effect of acid erosion is a gradual discolouration in your teeth and an increase in the risk of cavities. The enamel is attacked by the sugar and gradually becomes thinner. When this happens the natural colour of the dentin layer underneath will be revealed.

Getting Some Tips

You can bring your smile back by talking with a dentist about whitening procedures. It'll probably be good for you to discuss your diet at the same time, to make sure that you minimise sugar as much as possible.


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Oral Health Link to Whole Body Health: A Blog

You may have heard that cavities and oral decay are linked to things like heart disease, and, in fact, your oral health affects your entire body. Hi! My name is Brenda, and I like to look at things holistically. Because of that, I created this blog. I plan for its posts to look at the link between dental issues and other health issues. I hope that the people who visit this blog learn a few tips about oral care as well as gaining a deeper understanding of why it's so important. Healthy smiles indicate a healthy body, and I hope this blog helps you achieve both!