Sugar: Bad for the Gums?>
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Sugar: Bad for the Gums

by Berkeley Wellness  

Still another reason to limit sugary foods: Besides promoting cavities, they may also contribute to periodontal disease, according to a study published in October 2014 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which used diet and dental data from a large sample of young adults in the U.S.

Higher intake of added sugar was associated with higher rates of periodontal (gum) disease, even after age, body weight, diabetes, income level, and other factors associated with dental problems were controlled for. Frequent intake of sugar may increase systemic inflammation and oxidative stress, which are implicated in periodontal disease, the researchers wrote.