The S-word: Sugar

Sugar plays a major role in our lives much the same way it does for the bacteria that reside in our mouths. Bacteria use the sugar we eat and drink as an energy source to grow and multiply. As this happens, they produce acids that have damaging effects on the health of your teeth. The acid weakens and thins the protective outer enamel coating, making your teeth susceptible to bacterial invasion and decay (cavities).

Sugar is found in both food and drinks, so a great habit to adopt would be to drink water afterwards to wash away any sugar sitting on your teeth. Brushing your teeth after meals will also help to remove even more sugar!

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