How The Over-consumption of Sweets Can Lead to Gum Disease

How The Over-consumption of Sweets Can Lead to Gum Disease
It’s December one of the biggest holiday months of the year and with this time of year comes the consumption of lots of sweets and holiday treats. Whether it’s the soft baked cookies, seasonal candy canes, or peppermint twists you will not be in short supply of sweets this December. However, with all of this sweets consumption it’s important to be mindful of how consuming too many sweets can have a negative impact on your gum health. This is because when you consume a lot of sweets this creates a buildup of sugar and plaque on your teeth and on your gums. Also, this plaque buildup can lead to you developing gum disease. In order to help prevent gum disease this December learn more about prevention and treatment below.

Gingivitis: The First Stage Of Gum Disease
The first or initial stage of gum disease is gingivitis at this stage of the disease if treated the symptoms are still irreversible. However, if it’s not treated and the disease is allowed to turn into periodontitis or the advanced stage of gum disease then even with treatment the effects are no longer reversible and it can begin to affect the rest of your body because of the mouth- body connection we all have. This is why recognizing that you may be suffering from gum disease in
the first stage is highly important. Review these symptoms of gingivitis to better recognize them:

  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding gums
  • Grinding
  • Loose teeth
  • Tartar buildup
  • Tooth decay
  • Treating Periodontal Disease
    Overall the best way to ensure your gum health this holiday season is to do your best to monitor your sugar intake and also even if you do have some sweets be sure to brush and floss daily. If you happen to notice any of the above-mentioned gingivitis symptoms, then please reach out to our office to set up an appointment. We offer gum disease treatment options and our trained doctors and staff are available to assist you on your journey to maintaining your oral health.


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