Sugar is known for causing tooth decay, and it does this by forming plaque on your teeth. Once plaque builds up on your teeth, it can start to dissolve the enamel. Brushing twice daily will help to remove the plaque - if not removed, it can harden and teeth need to be cleaned by a professional.
Remember: It’s not just the amount of sugar that we eat or drink that causes decay, but how often we consume sugary drinks and meals.
Here are 5 ways to reduce the effect of sugar on your teeth...
Quit Fizzy Drinks
Fizzy drinks are full of sugar, and the fizz is acidic which can cause tooth erosion. It’s better to switch to something like water or even fruit juice - but be careful, as these contain hidden sugars.
Reduce Sugary Snacks
The risk of developing tooth decay increases as the amount and frequency of sugar consumption rises so try healthier snacks, or to eat them less frequently.
Brush Twice A Day
Keeping teeth clean by regular brushing helps prevent decay. Flossing also helps to remove anything that has been caught in your teeth, which could be missed when brushing. After eating sugary foods, if you can, brush your teeth to help prevent plaque build-up.
Use a Fluoride Toothpaste
Fluoride helps to rebuild weakened tooth enamel, reverse early signs of tooth decay and slow down the loss of minerals from your enamel. We think it’s an important part of having healthy teeth, which is why we put it in our toothpaste tablets.
There’s no set rule on how often you need to visit the dentist, so ask your dentist how often they recommend. Make sure to keep up to your appointments as they can spot any issues early, and help to prevent decay!