There are plenty of reasons to smile during the holiday season – friends, family, and all those beloved holiday traditions. For most people the holidays are a time to loosen up a bit about what you eat, and that often includes indulging in sweets and sugary drinks.
Sweet as the holidays may be, however, sugar-rich treats and drinks can do a number on your pearly whites. At United Smiles, we’ll work with you to make sure you get through the holidays with your dental health intact.
The Dangers of Sugar
Tooth decay forms after sugar’s interaction with the acids produced by natural bacteria living in your mouth. When you consume sugar the bacteria increase the acidity in your mouth. The acid can wear the enamel off your teeth, leaving them weak and vulnerable. Eventually, holes in the enamel will lead to cavities and, if untreated, pain and damage to the tooth.