With National Lollipop Day coming up on July 20th, you may be in the mood for some sugary treats. However, in the back of your mind, you may be hearing your dentist in Orlando, FL, telling you sugar is evil and you should never eat it. We would like to put your mind at ease, though. Sugar is not healthy for teeth, but an occasional celebration, like a lollipop, isn’t going to mean the end of good dental health.
Yes, Sugar Can Be Bad
In general, drinking sugary sodas and eating sugar filled foods is not a good idea if you want to keep your teeth in good condition. It isn’t the sugar, though, that causes cavities. It is actually the bacteria that feed on the sugar. When you eat sugar and do not brush properly, some is left behind. The bacteria in your mouth feed on it along with your enamel, which eventually leads to cavities and other dental health issues.
Cavities can only be fixed by removing the cavity completely and filling in the missing tooth surface with composite fillings. If a cavity is very severe, then you may lose the tooth or have to get a root canal and crown. These things can become quite costly, especially if you have multiple teeth with issues.
The Key Is Moderation
This does not mean you can’t eat sugar ever. Sugar is actually fine as an occasional treat. You should always brush thoroughly after eating or drinking sweets to ensure you have completely gotten rid of the sugar in your mouth. If you practice good dental hygiene and only eat sugar in moderation, you will likely be able to prevent cavities and forego the dental work that comes along with them.
So, if you want to celebrate National Lollipop Day, go ahead! Just remember to schedule your routine cleaning with us to avoid the aftereffects of the sugar.