Sugary and carbohydrate foods increase amounts of oral bacteria associated with poor oral health

Dr Frank Lipman
Dec 19, 2022

How do sugary and carbohydrate foods impact the oral microbiome?

Study Summary

Researchers found that for post-menopausal women, sugar intake increased a specific type of bacteria associated with gingivitis. These researchers also found that carbohydrate intake increased amounts of another type of bacteria potentially associated with negative oral health outcomes.

Research on the oral microbiome is relatively new, but previous research has suggested that oral health is associated with overall physical, mental and general health, as well as energy levels, depression, and appetite.

The makeup of the bacteria in our mouths, our oral microbiome, is influenced by the foods we eat. A poor oral microbiome likely goes beyond oral health.

The Hearty Take

At Hearty we believe that oral health contributes to overall health. Avoid a high sugar and carbohydrate intake. Focus on oral hygiene. Remember to brush and floss your teeth, and scrub your tongue. Visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and oral exam.

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