The History of the Sweet Tooth
It might not seem like it today, but Americans didn’t always eat so much sugar. In fact, there weren’t nearly as many choices for us in terms of where we got our sugar fix and in what form. We only had things like cane sugar, syrup, or honey to satisfy these cravings, and we each ate less than two pounds annually. Today, though, it’s a different story. It’s easier than ever to consume sugar in a number of products and because of that, it might be too easy to overlook the true cost of your sweet tooth. For example, around 30 ounces of soda can add an extra quarter-pound of sugar that your teeth have to combat. It’s important to understand what even a little sugar can do to your teeth.
Why Sugar is the Nemesis of Your Teeth
Sugar has a huge impact on the health and vitality of your teeth not so much as your eating it, but in the time after it’s consumed. It’s a particularly insidious opponent for your teeth that tries to do damage long after that cake is gone.
Your mouth is full of both good and bad bacteria. The bad kind feeds on the sugar residue left over on your teeth, helping it to create acid that destroys the shiny outer enamel. While this eventually leads to cavities, it first affects the sheen of your teeth. And while re-mineralization of your enamel will occur naturally, this process can only do so much to prevent bad bacteria and acid build-up that leads to cavities. If you do leave cavities unchecked, you may experience tooth loss.
What Happens if Sugar Wins?
Because your mouth is full of all kinds of bacteria, it’s like a constant battlefield between the good kind and the bad kind. If you aren’t careful about your teeth, the bad bacteria may end up winning in some cases. Total tooth loss is also possible with a severe cavity.
If a cavity is left untreated for too long, the initial deterioration on the surface of your tooth can turn into something more serious. In some cases, your teeth can develop holes from particularly aggressive cavities, or the problem could spread along the nerve fibers and infect other teeth. In situations like this, unfortunately, tooth loss is all too common. One of the solutions for the tooth replacement is dental implant.
How Does Tooth Implant Surgery Work?
Dental tooth implants look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. During tooth implant surgery, we will attach a tapered post to your jawbone and as you heal, it will osseointegrate with your jaw. While the process can take some time, it will form a strong foundation for your new teeth, and you’ll be able to go about your daily activities as usual. After the healing is done, we’ll place a small connector on top of the post to attach the teeth we’re replacing to the dental tooth implant.