How Can Sugar Cause Tooth Decay?

Monrovia DentistOne of the biggest pieces of misinformation about cavities has to do with sugar. Almost all of our Monrovia patients tell us that they’ve been told by their parents since their childhood that sugar will “rot your teeth.” But is that actually true? In this blog post we want to examine exactly what sugar does to your teeth and whether or not it’s true that sugar causes cavities.

If you have pain in any of your teeth or if you’ve suffered a traumatic fall or accident and need to replace a missing tooth, make sure that you call Dr. Q today at (626) 599-9819. As a leading dentist, Monrovia patients have been coming to Dr. Q for over 10 years. She has built her reputation on providing efficient and gentle care to all of her patients. Dr. Q also offers a full range of sedation dentistry options to ensure your comfort throughout your visit. From Invisalign and teeth whitening to crowns, fillings, and root canals, make sure you get in touch with Dr. Q for some of the most compassionate dental care in the region.

The Real Story About Sugar, Cavities, and Your Dentist

Monrovia patients often ask us how sugar causes cavities. So let’s get something out of the way first: sugar itself does not cause cavities. The actual cause of cavities is the billions of bacteria in your mouth that feed on the sugar. Here’s how it works.

  1. Good and Bad Bacteria – Your mouth is home to billions of bacteria: some of them are good and some are bad. The bad bacteria cause bad breath and they also feast on the leftover food that’s in your mouth. Their favorite food is sugar.
  2. The Bacteria Create Acid – When the bacteria eat, they produce a very strong acid as a waste product. The acid is so strong that it will actually wear down the protective layer of enamel on the outside of your teeth.
  3. Holes In Your Teeth – Eventually, the acid will eat through the enamel. Underneath the enamel is the softer part of your tooth called dentin. Without the enamel to protect it, an infection will begin in your tooth called a cavity.
  4. Repairing the Enamel – To treat a cavity, you need to get a filling from a dentist. Monrovia patients that come to Dr. Q for a filling will get some of the finest treatment available. After numbing the tooth, Dr. Q removes the infected part of the tooth. She then repairs the hole in the enamel with a filling material that protects the tooth from the bacteria and their acid.

How to Get Started with Dr. Q

We know how hard it can be for many patients to pick up the phone and make an appointment with their dentist. Monrovia patients often come to Dr. Q for treatment because they’ve heard about how gentle she is. The first step is for you to give us a call today at (626) 599-9819.

When you call, you’ll always be greeted by one of our highly-trained and very friendly staff. Getting calls from new patients is something we look forward to. We’re more than happy to talk with you about the sedation dentistry options we have and discuss your concerns. The next step is to schedule an appointment here at our cozy and modern offices. We would love to help you get started to call us today!