Dental Myth: More Sugar means more decay

| February 20, 2012

It isn’t the amount of sugar you eat; it is the amount of time that the sugar has contact with the teeth. Foods such as candies, gum and soda are in the mouth for longer periods of time. This increases the amount of time teeth are exposed to the acids formed by oral bacteria from the sugars.

Some research shows that teens obtain about 40 percent of their carbohydrate intake from soft drinks. This constant beverage use increases the risk of tooth decay. Sugar-free carbonated drinks and acidic beverages, such as lemonade, are often considered safer for teeth than sugared beverages but can also contribute to demineralization of tooth enamel if consumed regularly.

Remember, if you do eat or drink something with sugar, do it at one sitting.  Don’t sip on soda all day or munch on M&M’s throughout the entire day.

For more information about what the sugar and acid in beverages can do to your teeth see our blog post Stop the Pop!