You are what you eat, as they say. Unfortunately that means if you eat foods high in sugar and carbohydrates, your overall health may be compromised. That’s what a new study has found. The study, which was conducted by the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, New York, examined not just the effects of sugar and carbs on the body, but also their effects on oral health.
Following post-menopausal women, the study measured the gingival bacteria under the gumline of the subjects, something which has never been done before in a study (usually the bacteria is harvested from saliva). Researchers revealed that the higher the consumption of foods with sugar and a high glycemic index such as cakes, donuts, carbs, sugary drinks, and nonfat yogurt, the higher the risk of poor oral health and poor overall health.
While we already knew that eating these types of foods can cause cavities and tooth decay, researchers are still examining the link between the bacteria in our mouths (called s. mutans) and our overall health.
So, what can we do to safeguard our oral health and overall health? For starters, reducing the consumption of carbs and other sugary foods is very important. If you do consume these foods, be sure to brush your teeth well after eating. While it is recommended that you brush a minimum of twice per day for two minutes each time, if you can brush after eating (no matter how many times you eat during the day) and floss at least once per day.
Additionally, drinking plenty of water and eating foods rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and protein instead of carbs and sugar will also keep your body and mouth healthier.
Finally, exercising regularly (aim for at least 30 minutes per day) will also help your overall body health. Speak to your doctor before embarking on a new fitness program.
If you are at all concerned about your teeth, gums, or any other facet of your oral health, speak to Dr. Abelar about your concerns. If you’re ready to take control of your oral health, please contact Dentist in San Diego CADr. Abelar’s office today to schedule a consultation or your annual or bi-annual cleaning and exam.