Are you a sugar-holic?

If you are, who can blame you? It’s added to almost every processed food available in your local grocery store. From impulse buys like candy, to your favorite spaghetti sauce, it never seems to disappoint. In my candy-puchasing life, I have grabbed so many Reese’s bars in the check-out line, I feel like its almost a civil right.

But today, sugar’s ubiquity is not allowing us to stay healthy easily. In fact, it’s inflaming our bodies; we now have increased cases of gum disease, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and early-onset Alzheimer’s among the growing list of health problems associated with effects of ingesting so much sugar.

In the mouth, inflammation of the gums can lead to periodontal disease. This condition never goes away, and, untreated, the bacteria produced by infected gums may spread from the mouth to other areas of the body via the blood system, and may contribute to other fatal diseases of the body.

On the other hand, if one’s gum disease is well-managed, with regular dental visits and good home care, one may begin to regard good gum health as almost a civil right.


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