Does Sugar Cause Cavities? Yes...and No
Most of us were brought up being told how bad sugar is for your teeth. But what you may not know is that, while sugar is a significant contributor to cavities, it does not damage teeth directly.
The Bacterial Connection
To understand how sugar affects your teeth, you need to know a little bit about the bacteria that call your mouth home. Your mouth has its own ecosystem, which scientists call the human oral microbiome. A major player in the microbiome is bacteria. And while it may be hard to comprehend, the fact is that more than six billion bacteria can live in your mouth at any given moment!
As you consume foods ...