Image of gum disease causes and treatmentsThis January, Sugar Awareness Week falls the week of the 22nd, and we are taking the opportunity to educate our patients about how sugar can affect your teeth and gums, particularly in relation to gum disease. Controlling the amount of sugar you eat is good for your overall physical health, but it’s almost important to pay attention to how sugar can destroy your oral health.

Sugar Is Bad for Your Teeth and Gums

Too much sugar can lead to cavities in the teeth, but the negative effects on the gums can be harder to see if you aren’t looking closely or seeing a periodontist regularly. Studies show that those who eat sugar are more likely to have periodontal disease even after there was control for diabetes, body weight, age and income level.

Researchers believe that increased amounts of sugar can lead to oxidative stress and systemic inflammation. Both of these are serious factors in those who have gum disease. 

Periodontal Disease and Diabetes and How They Affect Each Other

Diabetes is a disease that is caused by the body’s inability to produce insulin, which helps control blood sugar. Those with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease, and those with gum disease are more likely to have complications from diabetes. The two are clearly linked together, and controlling blood sugar is a vital part of keeping the mouth and the rest of the body healthy.

Those who control their diabetes and blood sugar are no more likely to have periodontal disease than those without diabetes. This clearly shows that maintaining control of how much sugar you eat can keep your mouth healthy in more ways than one. It’s not just about avoiding cavities, but also reducing inflammation in the mouth that is associated with gum disease.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Meeting with a dental professional regularly can ensure that your mouth is healthy and safe from gum disease. If you are concerned you are eating too much sugar and worry about your oral health, schedule an appointment with Dr. DeAngelo today.