Weekly Health Tips
Gum Disease & Added Sugars
It's widely known that a high intake of sugary foods and drinks can promote tooth decay (cavities), but excess sugar may also raise the risk of periodontal disease, according to a new study. Researchers studied data on 2,400 young adults and found that those who consumed the most sugary foods and drinks had a 73% increased risk of gum disease in at least two teeth compared to those who never ate those foods. Periodontal disease is also linked to chronic inflammation, type-2 diabetes and heart disease. This research doesn't prove cause-and-effect, only an association.