Will eating too much candy or too many sugary foods cause cavities?
The answer is yes, but not for the reasons you think. On its own, sugar won’t hurt your teeth. Sugar is naturally occurring in most foods and is used by our bodies for energy.
However, there is a lot of bacteria in our mouths. And it’s the bacteria that actually causes cavities. Bacteria feeds on the sugar from foods, with sweeter foods and candy providing more sugar. Bacteria produces acid, and the acid breaks down the enamel in your teeth, forming what we call cavities.
Dr. Susan Long, with the UAMS College of Health Related Professions, says, “Daily brushing and flossing removes bacteria and is key to preventing cavities. Less oral bacteria results in less acid production, which results in fewer cavities.”
The Dental Hygiene Clinic at UAMS provides many basic dental services, including cleanings. Our services provide an effective way to help protect your dental health.
To learn more about the personalized care provided by our doctors using state-of-the-art equipment and technology, please visit our medical services section.