Garden Grove Dental Arts : Marianna Ibrahim DDS


The Devil (and the Decay) is in the Details: How Sugar is Killing Your Teeth


Every week it seems like there’s a new dieting trend. Whether it’s one that encourages you to eat only vegetables, only meat, or only locally sourced ingredients harvested under a waning crescent moon – one simple fact remains true: it matters to your body what you put in your body. But many times, the totality of this statement is lost.

You see, it’s not just about your belly, your core, your butt, your hips, or your love handles. It’s about your health, and that includes your teeth as well. Why? Because not only does what you eat have a very real impact on your teeth, but your teeth also have a very real impact on what you eat. Without your teeth there, you would most certainly find it harder to eat healthy, because it’s harder to eat period.

But when it comes to diet, there’s an important detail you might be missing that could be contributing to decay and cavities — which (if left untreated) can ultimately require potentially expensive dental treatments like dental bridgework and dental crowns. That detail is sugar, and time and time again  the dentists in our Orange County dental office remind our patients to become extremely aware of the sugar they’re putting in their bodies. Not only can it drastically help your overall fitness, but it can do wonders for your teeth as well.

Are You Eating More Sugar Than You Should?

Experts say most adults should eat, at most, the equivalent of 7 sugar cubes, and they should make up only 5% of the day’s caloric intake. However, there’s a good chance you’re eating a lot of sugar you don’t even know about. The problem is, even if you don’t “Suffer” from a sweet tooth, you could be getting excess sugar from everyday foods that you never thought of, like cereal, fruit juice, soups, and pasta sauces.  The problem here is added sugar. While sugar that’s naturally occurring in the foods we eat isn’t as much of a problem, added sugar (tip: basically anything that ends with “-COSE”, like sucralose, fructose, glucose) can sneak up on you.  This added sugar can also be found in many “low-fat” or “diet” foods – which substitute one evil for another.

Why It Matters

Long story short, while sugar itself won’t “rot your teeth out”, it will provide much needed sustenance to the bacteria and decay that will rot your teeth out. The more sugar you eat, the more fuel that bacteria has.

Category: Dental Care

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