Reno NV Dentists Explain the Connection Between Sugar and Tooth Decay

candy 1June is National Candy Month, and while we celebrate the sweet things in life, it is important not to lose sight of the impact that sugar can have on our mouths. Read below as your Reno NV dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans, explain why limiting your candy consumption can benefit your oral health.

Sugar and Tooth Decay

Harmful bacteria in the mouth are responsible for tooth decay. However, sugar itself plays a large contributing role in the damage inflicted upon your teeth. The fact is that bacteria feast on sugar, and when they do, they produce an acid that is capable of stripping the enamel from teeth. Over time this acid can cause significant damage to a tooth, resulting in a cavity. Therefore, it is very important to keep teeth free of bacteria and to limit sugar consumption so as not to feed bacteria.

Dental Visits vs. Tooth Decay

Regular dental visits can aid you in your preventive efforts against tooth decay. One of the biggest contributors to tooth decay is the development of plaque (a clear, sticky film) and tartar (hardened plaque) on teeth. Bacteria that form plaque and tartar are able to do concentrated damage to a tooth, and by attacking the same area over and over can eventually create a cavity. However, by attending regular dental visits, you can help keep your teeth free of plaque and tartar. During a dental cleaning, a trained hygienist can scrape your teeth free of stubborn plaque and tartar that you would struggle to remove with a toothbrush alone. The removal of the plaque and tartar will improve your oral health and decrease your risk of developing a cavity.

Schedule a Visit with Your Reno NV Dentists

When was your last dental visit? If it was more than six months ago, you are due for a checkup. Contact our 89502 dentist office today at 775-829-7700 to schedule an appointment or a consultation with your Reno NV dentists, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans. We are proud to serve patients in Reno, Sparks, Sun Valley, Spanish Springs, and surrounding communities.