It’s the only taste we crave from birth, it’s reportedly as addictive as many high-class drugs, and it’s found in almost everything we eat, from pasta and potatoes to fruit and fizzy drinks.
The ingredient we’re talking about is, of course, sugar – and though the dangers of enjoying too much of it in our diets are well publicised, it’s vital that we also educate ourselves about the disastrous consequences overindulging can have on our dental health.
Did you know?
Tooth decay is the only chronic condition the World Sugar Research Organisation admits that sugar consumption contributes to.
Why is sugar so bad for our teeth? How does it cause decay and sensitivity? And while its effects are undeniable, are they also unstoppable?
A sweet tooth is a sensitive tooth
Before we can establish whether it’s possible to reduce, remove or even reverse the damage sugar can cause our teeth, we must first understand the reasons for its risk. Just what is it that sugar does to create tooth decay and symptoms such as sensitivity?
Did you know?
40% of the population suffers from tooth pain associated with cold or mechanical stimulation.
Simply put, every second of every hour, a chemical reaction is taking place behind our lips that we can’t feel and don’t think about. The sugar we consume provides easily digestible energy for the ‘bad’ bacteria, or acid, ever-present in our mouths – and as these two react, they become plaque, which attacks and erodes the protective enamel of our teeth.
Unfortunately, unlike other parts of our bodies, enamel doesn’t contain any living cells and therefore won’t regenerate. That’s why it’s more important than ever that we look after ours.
The question is, how can we do that without avoiding the foods we love, or spending all day at the sink?
Sweet relief: a repairing remedy for tooth decay
The obvious answer is to assess our diets, cutting down on the most sugary elements; to schedule and attend regular appointments with our dental surgeries; and to maintain an effective brushing and flossing routine. But there’s an additional way to ensure optimum dental health, and it lies in a pioneering new toothpaste.
Did you know?
San Francisco has become the first U.S. city to require health warnings
on advertisements for sodas and sugary drinks.
Is your diet causing tooth decay?
Introducing BioMinF: the tube of technology that might just provide a remedy for the pain and sensitivity caused by enamel erosion.
By depositing a low concentration of fluoride onto the tooth surface over a 12-hour period, BioMinF develops a fluoride-rich layer on tooth enamel; a coating far more resistant to attack from the acids and sugars that can cause problems and pain.
Furthermore, BioMinF slowly releases calcium and phosphate, helping to replace the naturally occurring minerals in your saliva that are lost when eating sugary foods. That means not only can it defend your teeth, but it may strengthen them too, rebuilding their structure over time to provide the relief you crave perhaps even more than your favourite sweet treat.