Why do parents prevent their children from getting sugar? Why do you tell your children to brush their teeth every time they have a sweet tooth? Why do doctors suggest cleaning their mouth after something sweet? Is it true that sugar damages the teeth? Dr. Neeraj A. Verma, Apollo's dental practice consultant, suggests in this video that sugar can actually damage your teeth. Sugar is essentially carbohydrate and can be turned into acid when it comes into contact with bacteria that are already present in our mouth. The bacteria in our mouths hold that these bacteria can completely damage our teeth. For this reason, it is recommended that eating a smaller amount of sweetener throughout the day may cause more damage to the teeth than the larger amount of once-sweetened candy. If you eat sweets, remember to cleanse your mouth afterwards as the sweetener turns acid and this acid damages your teeth and gums.