Eating or drinking too much sugar isn’t the only cause of cavities, but it is an important part of the problem. Cavities (holes in teeth) don’t happen overnight. They start as tooth decay, which is the softening of your tooth enamel. This happens when plaque bacteria break down sugar in your mouth and create harmful acids. The more sugar consumed, the more acid produced, which can lead to teeth decay. Cavities can also make your tooth sensitive to sweets.
Some of the most common offenders are:
- Sugary cereals
Even though many of us learned at a young age that sugar is one of the leading causes of tooth decay, we also tend to underestimate how often we eat or drink sweets. This is especially true during the holidays, when we’re bombarded by sugar. From Halloween to Thanksgiving and the winter holidays, plus all the birthday parties at home and at the office—there’s almost no escape from sweet treats.
Each time you eat a sugary snack, your teeth are vulnerable to damage from acids produced. One thing you can do is to add an anti-cavity mouthwash, like Crest® PRO-HEALTH Advanced to your routine to help prevent decaying teeth.
Crest Sugar Shield
The good news is that Crest® Complete with Sugar Shield™ can help reduce the cavity causing effects of sugar on your teeth, and also strengthen areas that have been weakened by sugar*. Every Crest® Complete Toothpaste has Sugar Shield™ to help protect your family’s teeth from everyday sugar.* With Crest® Complete with Sugar Shield™ as part of your oral care routine, you can still indulge your sweet tooth every now and then. For the protection of Sugar Shield™ technology, plus whiter teeth and fresh breath, check out Crest® Complete Whitening + Scope® .
*Sugar’s cavity causing effects