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Gum Disease & Added Sugars

Posted: 06.12.2015

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.

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