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Doctor insights on: Effects Of Sugar On The Teeth

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How does sugar rot your teeth?

How does sugar rot your teeth?

Sugar doesn't rot: It is the acid produced from the bacteria in your mouth that eat the sugar that causes decay. Sugar is like rocket fuel to the bacteria, and the more you eat the more acid is produced and the more prone you are to cavities. ...Read more

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What makes sugar rot our teeth?

What makes sugar rot our teeth?

Sugar doesn't rot: It is the acid produced from the bacteria in your mouth that eat the sugar that causes decay. Sugar is like rocket fuel to the bacteria, and the more you eat the more acid is produced and the more prone you are to cavities. ...Read more

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What works against sugar stuck in between teeth?

What works against sugar stuck in between teeth?

Floss: The easiest and most effective option is to floss. You can also try a water pik but this is not as effective. ...Read more

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Why do holes in my teeth hurt when sugar goes into them?

Bacteria: Once the decay passes through enamel, the dentinal tubules, which have passages to the nerve of the tooth, become exposed, resulting in a toothache. The pain may worsen with exposure to heat, cold, or sweet foods and drinks. ...Read more

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Please help! Does consuming sugars negatively affect my teeth?

Please help! Does consuming sugars negatively affect my teeth?

Yes, yes, YES!!: Sugars are consumed by oral bacteria as a quick and easy energy source. Like we eat and go to bathroom afterwards, bacteria need to do the same after eating sugars. Where do they go? In your mouth. Right there. Their byproduct of eating sugars is acids. These acids are so strong it melts enamel. The more sugar exposure you have in mouth, the faster the deterioration of your teeth. Very bad.... ...Read more

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When diluted, is the harmful effect of sugar on teeth decreased?

When diluted, is the harmful effect of sugar on teeth decreased?

Not really: When you eat sugary foods, the dissolved sugar starts being digested by the bacteria stuck to your teeth, and they produce acid. Even diluted sugar causes them to produce acid. ...Read more

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Can you suggest tips on how to cut down on sugar for healthy teeth?

Can you suggest tips on how to cut down on sugar for healthy teeth?

Watch what take in!: Easiest way is to read labels on what you eat and drink. One of the most common causes is sugary drinks. They can do tremendous damage in a short time so be aware and be careful. The worst thing someone can do is sip on a sugar-containing drink all day long. Every sip replenishes the sugar in the mouth, and feeds the cavity causing bacteria helping them damagethe teeth. Pay attention. ...Read more

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Why does sugar make it painful for sensitive teeth?

Why does sugar make it painful for sensitive teeth?

Tooth sensitivity: Regardless of the cause, can result from the loss of the protective enamel on your teeth. Once the enamel is damaged, sugary foods, hot or cold beverages, or other acid irritants (eg lemon) have easier access to the nerve center of your teeth, which can cause sharp and shooting pain. See your dentist to fix this problem. ...Read more

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What happens to your teeth when you drink sugar-based products?

What happens to your teeth when you drink sugar-based products?

Acids: Bacteria convert sugars into acids which make holes in your teeth. Talk to your Dentist or Hygienist about your oral hygiene, diet, and examination/cleaning schedule. Don't try to do this yourself. Get professional help. ...Read more

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Is tea with sugar good for teeth or tea without sugar good for teeth?

Is tea with sugar good for teeth or tea without sugar good for teeth?

No sugar: Researchers suspect that antimicrobial molecules called catechins present in green tea and in lesser amounts in oolong tea provide the benefit of people less likely to lose teeth. But be careful if you like your tea with sugar: sweetener may negate the effect, the researchers found, . ...Read more

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I need to know how do you curb those sugar cravings and make sure you're eating the right foods for your teeth?

I need to know how do you curb those sugar cravings and make sure you're eating the right foods for your teeth?

Sugar Cravings: Try to start you day with significant protein and natural sugars to condition your body to quality protein and complex carbohydrates. A machine like the nutrabullet allows you to place a vegetable (baby spinach, kale) then fruit (blueberris, strawberries) with a scoop of protein powder and almond mild. Tastes great and should reduce your craving for simple sugars, make lunch, dinner similar nutrients. ...Read more

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Had 1 liter of coke today and now all my teeth hurt, I can't even eat. It happened before, when I ate a lot of sugar. Is this bad?

Had 1 liter of coke today and now all my teeth hurt, I can't even eat. It happened before, when I ate a lot of sugar. Is this bad?

Cavities likely: Pain is the body's way of telling us that something is wrong. Yes, it is bad that you are in pain, and bad again that it probably means that you have cavities. See your dentist for a complete and thorough dental exam to find out what dental problems exist and what treatment is needed. ...Read more

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My dad is sugstd extrctn of 8-10 teeths under ga. He is 65 & hav no health issues (no bp, sugar etc).R there inherent risks in extractng multpl teeths?

My dad is sugstd extrctn of 8-10 teeths under ga. He is 65 & hav no health issues (no bp, sugar etc).R there inherent risks in extractng multpl teeths?

Always some risk: Any procedure has inherent risks. If he is in good health without any medical problems, and under the care of a qualified health care provider, the risks are minimal for what you describe. The more teeth extracted at the same time, the more chance of post operative bleeding and soreness which is common and usually easily managed. Ga is seldom used. Are you referring to IV sedation which is safer? ...Read more

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Are the sugars in mannitol and malitol bad for your teeth?

Are the sugars in mannitol and malitol bad for your teeth?

Yes: Unfortunately erythritol, isomalt, sorbitol, and mannitol are recognized as a sugar source by the bacteria in our mouths and can cause cavities. Xylitol is the only sweetener that cannot be digested by oral bacteria. Chewed in small amounts (one or two pieces a day) xylitol can remineralize teeth. Gum with recaldent can also remineraize your teeth. ...Read more

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Does sugar-free maple syrup break down teeth?

Does sugar-free maple syrup break down teeth?

Not recommended: Maple syrup is almost entirely sucrose. When maple syrup stays on the teeth and breaks down, you've got sugar on your teeth. ...Read more

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Is carbonated sugar-free soda bad for a children's teeth?

Is carbonated sugar-free soda bad for a children's teeth?

Yes: Remember acid is what ultimately causes the cavities. Some articles infer the diet sodas may be worse since they are more acidic. Acid is also the byproduct of sugar breakdown by the bacteria. That is also why you need to be careful not to switch to juices that are also acidic and rich in sugar. ...Read more

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Are aspertame/saccharin better for your teeth than sugar?

Are aspertame/saccharin better for your teeth than sugar?

Not really: Sorbitol, mannitol, maltitol and many other 'sugar alcohols' can still be digested into acids by oral bacteria to cause decay. Xylitol is the only artifical sweetener that the oral bacteria cannot break down and it actually remineralizes the teeth. Chewing gum with recaldent will also strengthen teeth. ...Read more

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Is aspartame bad for your teeth, since it is not real sugar?

Is aspartame bad for your teeth, since it is not real sugar?

Not aspartame, but..: The problem is not so much the aspartame as what food it is an ingredient in. Many drinks, regular or diet, are actually very acidic and will erode enamel. Many foods with the sweetening agent are snack foods consisting of simple carbohydrates that are converted into plaque in the mouth. All in all, not so good for your teeth! ...Read more

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Is it actually true that cutting back on sugar will help preserve genetically bad teeth?

Is it actually true that cutting back on sugar will help preserve genetically bad teeth?

It is true: The health of your teeth relies on a combination of genetics and dental hygiene. Your genes are 60% of your tooth decay. Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing them daily, less sugar food and drinks and having regular check-ups with a dentist can help keep your teeth healthy for life. ...Read more

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Is it true that eating a lot of sugar will rot your teeth from the inside out, even if u frequently brush.?? :-)

Is it true that eating a lot of sugar will rot your teeth from the inside out, even if u frequently brush.?? :-)

Cavity: Cavities go from outside in, not from inside out. Sugar is converted by the bacteria that live in your mouth into acid, and the acid etches calcium out of the surface of your enamel, allowing other bacteria to penetrate from the outside into the tooth itself. In other words, a cavity is an infection. See your Dentist for professional care at least 2x/year, keep teeth clean, cut down on sweets. ...Read more

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Is sugar free chewing gum bad for teeth?

Is sugar free chewing gum bad for teeth?

20 minutes=GREAT: Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes can actually prevent tooth decay. It doesn't replace regular flossing and brushing your teeth though. [sorry]. ...Read more

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Will energy drinks like sugar free rockstar stain teeth?

Will energy drinks like sugar free rockstar stain teeth?

Energy drinks: Almost all energy drinks, even the sugar free ones have all kinds of ingredients. I wouldn't worry about staining. I would worry about the acids in them that can contribute to tooth decay. I would also worry about all those 'extra' & unnecessary ingredients as well as why you need extra energy from a drink? Reconsider your life style\priorities. I drink bottled water, love it and know it's healthy. ...Read more

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Can a really high blood sugar level make your teeth hurt?

Can a really high blood sugar level make your teeth hurt?

Possible: High blood sugar sends the entire body into a frenzy. Anything can go wrong. Need to get this under control now. ...Read more

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What can you drink with braces? I heard that sugar melts the glue on your teeth. Is that true?

What can you drink with braces? I heard that sugar melts the glue on your teeth. Is that true?

Braces: You can drink whatever you want while you have braces in moderation. Sugar will not melt the glue but it will cause decay and white spots so keep sugar ly and acidic drinks to a minimum. This includes sodas, iced teas, energy drinks, . Both regular and diet drinks are destructive. Drink more water. ...Read more

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I often brush my son's teeth twice per day. He is 2 years old, no sugar food but his teeth have a lot of black stains. What should I do?

I often brush my son's teeth twice per day. He is 2 years old, no sugar food but his teeth have a lot of black stains. What should I do?

See a dentist: Bottle carries (cavities) are sadly common in toddlers. Generally caused by a combination of things: being kept on the bottle beyond the first year. Giving juice via the bottle. Allowing children to walk around, lay down and chew on their bottles leads to bad tooth decay. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a cavity? I bit into a dried mango with added sugar and I caused my teeth to become more sensitive when chewing things

How do you know if you have a cavity? I bit into a dried mango with added sugar and I caused my teeth to become more sensitive when chewing things

See your dentist!: Some cavities are large ; easy to see - many are hidden under the surface or inbetween your teeth ; may only be detectable on x-rays. While sensitivity to sugar and discomfort may not be a cavity, it is certainly a strong possibility. Cavities do not fix themselves, they only grow bigger. The sooner they are filled the more tooth structure can be preserved ;the better off you ; your tooth will be. ...Read more

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Is natural peanut butter bad for teeth or acid reflux? There is no sugar in it.

Is natural peanut butter bad for teeth or acid reflux? There is no sugar in it.

Sugar: When eaten by bacteria helps it grow and multiply. The more bacteria, the more acid it can produce. There's 3.5 grams of carb in 1 tbsp of peanut butter (chunky). Acid reflux produces acid. Acid weakens the enamel...Ask you M.D. Re: Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) side effects, e.g. Dry mouth and stomach pain...Dry mouth can make you more susceptible to get decay. I hope this helps :). ...Read more