Sugar is not at all good for your teeth, and you already know that. But the question arises, do all types of sugar cause cavities, or are some natural sugars safe to consume?
Added sugars are considered the worst for your teeth. All sugars lead to tooth decay and just don't be fooled, thinking that some "natural" sugars safe to consume.
Sugar feeds the bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria then excrete acid that will cause damage to your teeth. Not only that, but they also multiply and make more bacteria, which leads to the production of more acid, and, later, they form a sticky film that helps them to stick with your teeth. Almost all sugars like sucrose (table sugar), fructose (fruit sugar), glucose (grain sugar), and lactose (milk sugar) feed on oral bacteria.
However, it's essential to know that for your teeth, foods with added sugars are worse than foods with natural sugars (such as fruit and milk). This is because adding sugar can increase the level of sugar in foods, which makes it more likely to feed on damaging oral bacteria.
In natural foods, the sugars are in balance with liquids that help in washing away the sugars, proteins that feed other types of bacteria, and fiber that forces us to chew, which stimulates the production of saliva that wash away sugars and also kill bacteria.
Added sugars can often form a stickier film around teeth. For example, the sugar in caramel turns into a polymer that clings with your teeth, making it a great source of food for bacteria.
Sometimes, certain people might tell you that natural sugars are far better than other types of sugars. They might also tell you that it is much safer to consume agave nectar, maple syrup, or honey. They may add that high fructose corn syrup can cause lots of damages than sucrose. This is not true at all.
Do not forget that agave nectar and maple syrup are just liquid concentrated sugar. They are all processed; even honey is processed. Honey, on the other hand, is processed by an organism instead of humans.
Avoid cavities by cutting down your sugar consumption, especially the added ones. Make sure to brush and floss on time. And, of course, go for regular dental checkups.
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