Westmont, IL Dentist
Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
6418 S. Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 963-8680
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By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
August 22, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sugar   gum disease   nutrition  

When it comes to sugar and the health and wellbeing of our teeth and gums, less is definitely more. While indulging in a sweet snack sugarfrom time to time won't necessarily lead to cavities or tooth decay, overconsumption of sugar is one of the leading causes of dental problems, and can increase the risk of gum disease over time.

The Relationship Between Gum Disease and Sugar

Most people know that the sugar found in candy, cakes, and sweetened drinks can lead to cavities if consumed in excess. But the relationship between oral bacteria, sugar from the foods we consume, and the acids that they produce play a key role in the formation of plaque and tartar buildup between the teeth and gums. When left untreated, it can cause gum inflammation and periodontal disease, which can ultimately lead to tooth loss in extreme cases.

Dr. Frederic Mrugala, a Westmont, IL based dentist, advises patients of all ages to pay attention to food labels and the sugar content of their favorite snacks. Substituting processed foods and snacks with fresh fruit, and candy with lower sugar counts (like dark chocolate instead of sweeter milk chocolate) can help to protect oral and general health.

Preventive Dentistry in Westmont, IL

Many people put off seeing a dentist until something goes wrong. But even with diligent oral hygiene practices at home and a healthy diet, regular check ups and cleanings (once every six months to a year, depending on the patient) are necessary to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Find a Dentist in Westmont, IL

The best way to prevent oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease is to avoid overly sugary food and drinks, and to practice good oral hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing and regular check ups and professional dental cleanings. Contact the office of Dr. Frederic Mrugala by calling 630-963-8680 to schedule an appointment today.