Of course limiting sugar intake can contribute to overall health, but the amount a patient consumes isn’t the deciding factor in tooth decay. At any given time, there are over 500 different types of bacteria roaming a patient’s mouth that thrive on sugar.
According to an article from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine debunking common myths, the combination of the bacteria and sugar forms an acidic reaction that can lead to tooth erosion. The study concluded, “The longer the sugar sits in a patient’s mouth, the higher the chances of your patient developing tooth decay.”
At Kilby Family Dentistry, we strive to educate our patients on proper brushing techniques and tell them to avoid slowly-dissolving candies in order to minimize the chance of tooth decay. If you suspect you have tooth decay or have any other dental concerns, feel free to give us a call at 229-247-0200. We always welcome new patients and pride ourselves in being gentle, affordable, and treating all our patients like family.