Sugar: Food for Bacteria
You probably know that sugar can cause cavities, but you may not know why. Cavities develop when bacteria produce acid that softens enamel, and bacteria’s favorite food is sugar.
Sugar does not just come from the sugar bowl in the cupboard or the bag of gummy bears in your desk drawer, however. Sugar can be found in so many of the foods we eat, including bread, chips, bagels, ketchup, and salad dressing. It may feel futile to try to avoid it entirely.
There are, however, connections between sugar and cavities that make it easier to take steps to reduce the effects of sugar in your daily diet. Some of these steps include:
- Regular ...