In the health conscious society we live in today, we are told to avoid sugar. Although we need sugar for energy, there are sugars that are good for us and some we can do without! These are the five sugars that can hurt your teeth.
The Five Sugars That Hurt Your Teeth
1. Sucrose, otherwise known as ‘table sugar’. This sugar is made up of glucose and fructose. It is the sweetest form of sugar, often seen in candy, sugar cane, sugar beets, and maple trees. Sucrose is one of the worst sugars for our teeth because the bacteria in our mouths converts it into the “glue” that holds plaque and bacteria to our teeth. It also makes it harder to remove the plaque when brushing and flossing.
2. Fructose – Fructose is the main sugar found in fruit, berries, melons, corn, and root vegetables. As a fruit it’s great! However, a concentrated high fructose corn syrup can cause quite a bit of harm to our teeth.
3. Glucose – The body breaks down all sugars into glucose. While glucose is harmful to your teeth, it is also the main sugar found in your body. Glucose is also found in wine. You can get excited because this sugar is better for you than fructose and sucrose!
4. Lactose – This sugar is found in many dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt. Although lactose isn’t very sweet, it can still be broken down by the bacteria on your teeth, producing acid.
5. Maltose – Maltose is the sugar that is found in grains. This includes bread, rice, pasta, and cereal. It can also be found in drinks that are made from grains, such as beer.
At the end of the day, when it comes to sugar moderation is key! Be sure to rinse your mouth after consuming any sugar and reduce the frequency when possible. Check in with us at Oradental in Scarborough, Toronto to make sure your teeth are healthy and strong!