Someone is always promoting a health trend, and it often clouds the public perception of what is actually good for you, and bad for you. We know that sugar is bad for your teeth, but how bad can it really be?

         Excessive quantities of sugar promote plaque bacteria on your teeth, which come in forms of “acid attacks,” and can last for 20 minutes at a time. Your enamel goes under full siege.

         Continued ingestion of large amounts of sugar on a daily basis are basically like adding gasoline to a big fire. It’s fueling your tooth decay, and once decay begins, can accelerate it to a very rapid pace.

So sugar is only held accountable for so much of the damage. It is possible to keep a higher than average amount of sugar in your diet without destroying your teeth, (though it’s always recommended to limit your sugar intake). The bacterial plaque forms on your teeth thanks to the unique environment you supply, allowing it to breed and cling to hard-to-reach areas. Cut out the sugar, and you’ll minimalize your risk of tooth decay almost instantly. There are ways to maintain your oral health without running a high risk of tooth decay.

Here are some dental tips on how to enjoy sugar in your diet, while keeping your oral health at the top of your priority list.

         Maintain positive oral habits, while cutting down on your sugar intake. Look for alternatives to sugar and begin weaning yourself down. A singular can of Coke bolsters nearly twice the daily amount of sugar you should be consuming.

         Cutting down on your starch intake, as well as sugar, can help you in ways you never imagined: your saliva can replace certain minerals in your teeth, while plaque acid aims to cause further damage. A healthier diet promotes mineral-rich saliva, which can nullify plaque acid’s attempts at rotting your teeth.

         Keep your regular appointments for twice-yearly cleaning. Proper brushing, flossing, and mouthwash habits are imperative to keeping plaque acid out of your mouth. However, over time, bits and pieces trap themselves in hard-to-reach areas that only your dentist, with their experience and specialized equipment, can properly clean. We all know how your teeth feel after a cleaning; that’s when they’re at their most fortified and protected against further plaque bacteria.

Even when you pay close attention to your oral health, it’s still possible to fall victim to tooth decay. Keep yourself informed, watch what you eat, and your dentist will be right there to help along the way. Use these dental tips to remain sharp and focused on your oral health.