Sponsored content: Does sugar really ruin your teeth? Dr. Harrington of Mountain View Dentistry sheds light on the topic

Mountain View Dentistry in Grangeville, Idaho.

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Mountain View Dentistry in Grangeville, Idaho.

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Dr. Tyler Harrington

Neighborhood Expert: Dr. Tyler Harrington, Mountain View Dentistry

Most people have heard the old saying that “sugar rots your teeth.” The reality, according to Dr. Tyler Harrington, Mt. View Dentistry in Grangeville, is sugar and all of those other versions of simple carbohydrates are relatively benign when it comes to your teeth.

So if sugar in itself is not the main problem, what is? Millions of bacteria are waging a war on our teeth, gums, and even the bone in our mouth.

“For the most part, our body can keep these bacteria in check with our immune system and by constantly washing over our teeth with saliva,” Dr. Harrington said. “The microbes’ best defense against this is by forming a complex matrix called a biofilm or “plaque,” the sticky film that forms on our teeth by the end of the day.”

Every time we eat simple carbohydrates, the bacteria in our mouth metabolize them into lactic acid that dissolves tooth structure. If bacteria have formed a plaque matrix on our teeth they produce a large amount of acid. If no plaque matrix is in place, very little acid is produced.

According to Harrington, if we can disrupt this matrix at least every 12 hours, the effect of foods on our teeth will be greatly minimized.

“The most important part of our daily oral hygiene routine is not what our toothpaste does for us or even our mouthwash if we use it,” he said. “A toothbrush can do more for the health of our mouth than just about anything else we can do for it.”

Mountain View Dentistry

Grangeville 983-0105

Kamiah 935-2143

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