We’ve known for years that that sugar is bad for your teeth. Even the ancient Greeks asked “Why do figs, when they are soft and sweet, produce damage to the teeth?”
But do you really know why? It’s actually quite simple. The bacteria in our mouth like to feed on sugar. As the bacteria feeds on the sugar lodged on our teeth, they create acid that eats away at your tooth enamel. The longer the sugar remains on your teeth, the more acid is formed and the more enamel is eroded.
So if you are one of those folks with a serious sweet tooth (and you know who you are!) your sweet habit can be creating problems with your teeth and gums. Try to limit your consumption of sugary foods. But when you do treat yourself, enjoy it! Then brush and floss right away to limit the damage that can be done to your teeth.