Sugar and Tooth Decay

Teenagers drink twice as much soda as milk today compared to 20 years ago.  The quantity and frequency of soda and sugar-filled snack consumption is strongly linked to tooth decay.  The upper front teeth are susceptible from beverages and the back teeth are damaged from sticky, chewy candies, gummies and lollipops.  

The sugar we eat/drink mixes with the salvia and bacteria in our mouths to create a sticky polysaccharide called dextran that causes dental plaque.  This ultimately destroys the tooth’s enamel and cavities are formed . . . the end result is deterioration!

The longer sugar stays in the mouth, the more damage.  Next week I’ll start a series to determine the sugar teaspoon amounts for lollipops and sticky, chewy candy that kids and teenagers are consuming everyday.  I’m fairly certain you’ll be surprised.

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