You will always hear your dentist tell you that sugar is bad for your teeth; however, it's sugar and artificial sweeteners are not good for your overall health and well being either.
Sugar has many detrimental effects on your body and your brain, as recent studies have determined. At Laser Dentistry, we want to help our patients maintain optimum oral health, which also contributes to overall health and well being.
Sugar, Artificial Sweeteners, and Your Overall Health
A recent study published in the medical journal Stroke concluded that soft drinks enhanced with artificial sweeteners appear to be linked to an increased risk of developing dementia or having a stroke.
From a dental point of view, sugars are also harmful to your teeth. But did you know that it's not actually the sugar itself doing the damage?
Instead, sugar fuels the bacteria found in plaque, which produce the acids that cause damage to your teeth. These acids can destroy your tooth enamel, a condition known as dental caries. Without treatment, dental caries – or cavities – can become quite painful.
With regular preventative appointments, we can remove the plaque buildup that causes tooth decay and gum disease and also screen you for these concerns so we can detect and treat them in their earliest stages.
Meanwhile, you can make the most of your home care routine by using proper brushing and flossing techniques, which will ensure that you remove the most plaque buildup possible. You can also limit your sugar or soda intake to reduce your risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and other health conditions.
Laser Dentistry Is Your Partner
Dr. Clarke recommends that our patients visit us every six months or twice per year for preventative dentistry in Bradenton, Fl. This ensures that you have the best chance of preventing many dental issues from occurring in the first place or treating any issues that do arise with less invasive procedures.
Contact our office today to schedule your next preventative appointment.