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The Myths of Sugar Free and Cavity Free

Did you know that sugar free products could actually lead to tooth decay? Sugar substitutes have become very popular this day and age. When you go to the grocery store, you notice that the shelves are stocked full of sugar free products that supposedly reduce the possibility of tooth decay and weight gain. This includes diet soda, sugar free candy, and more. But few people realize that there is a relationship between sugar substitutes and dental health, and we here at Bolingbrook Dental Care want you to know the facts, not the myths. Sugar Free Dental Myths
Most current sugar-free products contain one or more of these three substitutes:
  • Sorbitol
  • Mannitol
  • Saccharine
These sugar substitutes can make cavities on your teeth in no time. Many companies claim that sugar-free also means cavity free. This is simply not true. Knowing the facts is what we want you to know. So, how does tooth decay happen from sugar substitutes? Listed below is the usual process in tooth decay from the sugar-free products that you will find in your local grocery store.
  • Carbohydrates and sugars become stuck to the tooth enamel and stay there if the teeth aren’t brushed.
  • Bacteria recognize the sugars as a potential food source and begin to feed upon it.
  • The bacterium begins to multiply as it ingests the sugar, expanding in numbers very quickly.
  • As the bacteria continue to feed, they convert the sugar into acid waste.
  • The acid waste begins to eat away at the enamel and causes tooth decay!

This process has proven to take place both with sugar substitutes as well as with ordinary sugar.

Lowering Your Risk of Cavities

While lessening your intake of artificial sweeteners, as well as regular sugar, there are steps you can take to help reduce the risk of cavities. Visiting our office for your regular appointments allows us to keep your mouth healthy, as well as catch any cavities early before other health problems can occur. We also recommend the following steps for staying on top of your dental health:
  • Brushing with fluoride toothpaste after eating and drinking
  • Rinse your mouth
  • Visit the dentist regularly
  • Consider dental sealants
  • Drink tap water with fluoride
  • Avoid frequent snacking and sipping
  • Eat tooth-healthy foods
  • Consider fluoride treatments
To learn more about cavity prevention, or to schedule a oral health cleaning, contact our office today!

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