How Sugar Can Affect Your Teeth

You’ve undoubtedly heard that eating too much sugar is not good for your teeth, but you may have never learned exactly why that’s the case. Sugar can cause a range of problems, and it’s important to know how you can prevent these issues and protect your oral health.

Sugar and Tooth Decay

One of the most common ways that cavities develop on your teeth is through sugar. The bacteria in your mouth consume the sugars in the foods you eat and produce acids that can wear away at your tooth enamel. Once the enamel has worn down enough, tooth decay can begin. 

Sugar is Everywhere

Sugar can come in many different forms and are present in many of our drinks and foods that we eat. Pay attention to food labels and don’t forget that carbohydrates break down into sugar, too. 

How to Protect Your Mouth from Sugar

Some ways to prevent the oral health issues that can be caused by sugar include:

Reduce Your Intake

You don’t need to stop eating sugar altogether, but significantly reducing your intake can make a tremendous difference. If you do consume sugar be sure to brush afterwards and drink plenty of water to help neutralize the acidity in your mouth.

Brush Daily

Brushing your teeth twice a day every day can help remove sugars and other harmful substances from your mouth.

Floss Daily

It’s unfortunate how overlooked the importance of flossing often is. Flossing once a day can remove hard-to-reach food debris and plaque that cause tooth decay and gum disease.Water flossers and brush picks can work very well to clean in between teeth, also.

Fluoride and Sealants

Numerous studies show the benefits from fluoride and sealants to help prevent tooth decay.

Protect Your Oral Health with a Dental Visit

It’s important to see a dentist once every six months for a routine exam and cleaning. Call David W. Piper, DMD, at (727) 548-7100 today to schedule your appointment.


I've been a patient of Dr. Piper's for the last 19 years so it's very obvious that I've been a very very satisfied patient. I had an excellent full check-up today with x-rays and everything was perfect. Perfect because I've been going consistently and following their experts on dental care, cleaning and good health! Bravo 👏 👏 👏
Deborah M.

Dr. Piper and staff are always very professional, I have been a patient for over 15 years, and happy about it. Just got my teeth cleaned and checked recently, Sandra is friendly and thorough, and the office felt very clean which is important.
Tom T.

Staff were fast and attentive, didn't wait long before I saw Dr. Piper. The office is clean and organized. Was a great decision to use this practice and will be visiting again. Not a single issue. Cannot recommend enough.
Ted M.

Thank you Sandra, for my teeth cleaning....I had a great experience, I do love getting my teeth cleaned! Piper Family Dentistry rocks...😁.
Deborah W.
Previous slide
Next slide

Google Reviews