Don’t understand? You’re not alone. Often we see patients who do not understand this! Does it mean if we eat sugar, we always get decay? NO! In fact, I eat it myself (It’s in so many things), but if you keep your teeth CLEAN (Yes, that includes brushing AND FLOSSING), you have very little chance of decay. The biggest factor is sugar intake FREQUENCY.
When you put sugar in your mouth, the bacteria eat it too, and they produce acids that eat your teeth. So… don’t put sugar in there often and don’t leave bacteria in there to eat it if you do! Got it? This means no sipping or nibbling — this is what’ll get you more decay! If you want a soft drink or dessert or treat, do it and get it over with, then clean your teeth! I do! Believe it or not, if people followed this advice, I would be filling a lot less cavities!
Get smart about sugar and healthy teeth. You really CAN have both! And, of course, see your favorite dentist regularly.