ADA Accessibility Information



Sugars Can Attack the Enamel on Your Teeth

Posted on 7/10/2019 by Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS
Sugars Can Attack the Enamel on Your TeethKids hear it all the time. Don't eat too much candy or you will get a cavity. For most kids, the warnings about eating too much sugar don't sink in.

They may hear the words, but that does not mean they understand what sugar does to the teeth to create the cavities. Learning why sugar is dangerous may help children and adults do better at avoiding all the sugar that hurts their teeth.

Understanding Enamel

In order to understand how sugars attack enamel, you have to understand what enamel is and what it does. The enamel is a thin, protective layer on the teeth. It is the hardest surface in the entire body and is the result of minerals building up. There are many things that you do that will erode the enamel away.

Brushing teeth and eating acidic foods are just two of the things that affect the enamel. Under normal circumstances the minerals in the body can replace the mineral lost due to enamel erosion. Trouble does not start until there is more erosion than replacement.

The Role of Sugar in Enamel Erosion

There are many foods that will erode the enamel on the teeth. Some foods and actions are more dangerous to the enamel than others. Sugar is one of the things that can cause the enamel to erode faster.

It is not the sugar that erodes the enamel. It is what the sugars create that causes the damage to the enamel. Sugars will adhere to the teeth. They provide a breeding ground for the bacteria that can build up on the teeth. The bacteria will form plaque which will eat away at the enamel.

Sugar also lowers the pH levels in the mouth. This makes the mouth more acidic. When the pH goes below a certain level, the acids in the mouth can eat away at the enamel.

The solution to the problems of sugar is twofold. The first is to limit the amount of sugar in your diet. The second is through good oral hygiene habits.

For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
What Our Patients Are Saying About Us Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS logo icon

Exceptionally Friendly!!

"You are put at ease the minute you walk into their new office on Broad Rd. Beautiful and calming surroundings. The staff couldn't be more helpful and are extremely friendly. Dr. Pliszczak is exactly what you want in a Dentist. Always concerned with your comfort, I never feel rushed, and I enjoy here friendly manner. And because of all of their meticulously thorough work, My teeth are as healthy as can be!!! Thank you Dr. Pliszczak, Jade and Nancy" ~Roamy F.

Read More Reviews

Family smile in lawn
logo of default
4827 Broad Road
Syracuse, NY 13215-2205
Monday-Thursday: 8am - 5pm
Friday: Closed
Copyright © 2015-2024 Janice Pliszczak, DDS and WEO Media (Touchpoint Communications LLC). All rights reserved.  Sitemap
About Us • Dentist Syracuse, NY • Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS
At Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS, your bright, healthy smile is our top priority. Click here to learn more about us today!
Janice Pliszczak, DDS, 4827 Broad Road, Syracuse NY 13215 ^ (315) 800-5020 ^ ^ 7/21/2024 ^ Key Phrases: about us,dentist syracuse,janice pliszczak dds syracuse ny