April 25, 2019

Cavities and Sugar – A Study In The Relationship.

A cavity, also known as dental caries, is a hole in a tooth where tooth enamel has broken down due to decay.  Plaque starts building up after every meal, and if left untreated, can erode the hard, outer enamel of a tooth, resulting in tiny holes in the tooth’s surface. These holes lead to cavity formation.

You must have grown up listening that eating too many sweets causes cavities. Sugar is just one of many carbs that causes cavity but not the only reason for the cavity.

The kinds of foods you eat are important to oral health. Dr. Sanjay Kalra, Multispecialty Dental Clinic in Chandigarh recommends foods to avoid that cause cavities:


Hard candies although might seem harmless, eating too many and the constant exposure to sugar can be harmful to teeth. Hard candies also put your teeth at risk because in addition to being full of sugar they can chip your teeth

Sticky Foods

Sticky foods can damage teeth since they tend to stay on the teeth longer than other types of food. If you find yourself eating something sticky like pizza or cheese, make sure to rinse with water after and to brush and floss your teeth.

Too Much Citrus Food

Exposures to acidic foods can erode enamel, making teeth more vulnerable to decay over time. Citric fruits and juices can also cause irritation in the mouth. Make sure to drink plenty of plain water after consuming anything citric.

Caffeinated Drinks

Coffee and tea can be healthy beverage choices in their natural form. Caffeinated coffee and tea can dry the mouth. Frequent drinks of coffee and tea may also stain your teeth. Try to keep the add-ons like sugar to a minimum.

Soft Drinks

When you eat sugary foods or sip sugary drinks for long periods of time, plaque bacteria use that sugar and produces acids that attack enamel, the hard surface of your tooth. Most carbonated soft drinks, including diet coke, are acidic and are bad for your teeth.

Cavities wreck havoc in a person’s mouth from constant pain to difficulty in chewing food. Cavities can seriously detter a persons day to day functioning affecting, the quality of life of a person.

Dr. Sanjay Kalra, the best dentist in Tricity recommends keeping a check of your sugar intake.

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