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How Sugar Affects Your Smile

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Cavity Treatment in Yardley

Sugar has been linked to many health problems, including tooth decay. If you eat a healthy, balanced diet and maintain good oral hygiene, your smile can stay healthy. But if you overeat sugar, it can affect the health of your teeth and gums. Cavity treatment in Yardley, PA, can help alleviate the long-term consequences of sugar-related dental problems and prevent future decay. 

The Effects of Sugar

1. Tooth Decay

The bacteria in your mouth break down sugars, creating acid. This acid attacks and dissolves the hard surface of your teeth. The enamel that protects your teeth wears away, and a cavity forms. If you don’t remove the decay by cleaning or treating it, the damage can spread deep into your tooth to the soft, inner parts.

2. Gum Disease

If left untreated, tooth decay can cause infections and inflammation of the gums, leading to gum disease. If you have periodontitis, your gums separate from your teeth and form pockets around them. Bacteria from plaque can quickly get under the gum tissue and cause more damage to the bone that supports your teeth. You may lose your teeth, and your tooth roots—the part that attaches to your bones—are exposed.

3. Filling Your Mouth with Sugar

Part of the process that causes the dental disease is the formation of plaque on your teeth, which contains bacteria and debris. The debris may be removed by brushing or flossing. But the plaque may build up again, especially if you eat high-sugar foods, otherwise known as bad-for-you foods. When plaque builds up in pockets around your teeth, bacteria can grow there and cause cavities and gum disease. Sugar can also make gum diseases worse by causing inflammation of the gums and gingivitis.

4. Tooth Sensitivity

If you have tooth decay or gum disease, your enamel and gums can become weakened by the infection. It can make your teeth more sensitive because less of the tooth remains. As you chew, small amounts of enamel may break off, exposing the soft tissues underneath. The exposed tissues get irritated when they rub against things like rough-textured foods or sweet liquids, causing pain or sensitivity to hot or cold items in your mouth.

5. Canker Sores

Cavity treatment in Yardley helps reduce recurrent infection. However, if you get recurring cavities, they can lead to more severe health problems. In particular, if a cavity is deep enough to expose the pulp of a tooth and the nerve that supplies sensation to it (called the trigeminal nerve), you may develop a painful sore called an ulcer. Some infected teeth can even erode to the root, causing pain and possible sensitivity.

6. Tooth Loss

Tooth loss is irreversible when it’s caused by sugar. If your teeth are damaged or destroyed by sugar, one can do nothing to repair them except wait for them to decay away naturally. Cavity treatment in Yardley can help prevent your teeth from being damaged. Visit us in Yardley, PA, at our office to learn more.

Contact Us Today

Yardley Dental Arts has a long history of providing patients with excellent dental care. If you are looking for a dentist in Yardley, PA, who can provide you with the best preventative dentistry and routine dental care, please contact us to schedule an appointment today. 

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"My mission is to always provide extraordinary dental care in a compassionate setting. At Yardley Dental Arts, quality is key! We are NOT a high volume, high turnover office. We are patient centric office. Our practice model allows for concierge service and exclusive one on one time with the doctor and the hygienists. We pride ourselves on using premier materials, labs and the latest in dental technology including our GREEN CT 3D SCANNER, delivering high quality images at a fraction of the radiation as compared to the standard. This allows for fully customized treatment plans focusing on your specific needs and comfort level.

It’s a pleasure to serve you and your family for your comprehensive dental needs. Every one of us is passionate about what we do, and it shows! I look forward to meeting you."

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