SICKLY SWEET: Is a sugary diet doing you damage?
SICKLY SWEET: Is a sugary diet doing you damage? contributed

Why you should cut back your sugar intake

CAVITIES can be a painful health concern and the showing signs of tooth decay, and they're often brought on by a lot of sugar.

However, according to Colgate, it's not necessarily the sugar that is the biggest concern, but the bacteria that builds afterwards.

The oral ecosystem is filled with hundreds of bacteria as told by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, each either beneficial or harmful for your teeth.

The harmful bacteria actually feed on these sugars, and then produce acid as a result, which damages the enamel of your teeth.

Tooth enamel is the thin and shiny protective layer that coats your teeth

This acid-based bacterial infection causes cavities, which when not properly treated, can progress to toothache and potential tooth loss.

But not only is it preventable by minimising sugar and brushing and flossing regularly, regular checks at the dentist can help you avoid these severe symptoms.

According to Colgate, ingesting essential minerals can also help repair weakened enamel, including fluoride, calcium and phosphates.

These minerals go into your saliva and coat your teeth, but for the minerals to to do their job in repairing your enamel, a limit of sugar is vital.

You can also buy into different mouth washes that work for all different kinds of teeth, to help sensitive teeth, gum health, dry mouth and to improve enamel health.

As cutting all sugar from your diet is unrealistic, make sure to either rinse your mouth with water or a mouthwash afterwards, brush your teeth, or chew some sugar-free gum to get rid of the sugary residue.

Of course, if the damage is in later stages of enamel and tooth decay, be sure to see your dentist as soon as you can.