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Sugary Foods Pack a Big Punch in Post-Menopausal Women’s Oral Health
While we all know that indulging in lots of sugary treats, drinking soda, and eating bread can negatively impact our health, the oral microbiome of post-menopausal women really takes a hit. New research out of the University at Buffalo investigated the subgingival plaque of more than 1,200 post-menopausal women. Scientists found that carbohydrate and sucrose consumption and glycemic load were associated with “bad” oral bacteria such as Streptococcus mutans and Leptotrichia spp, increasing the risk for not only poor oral health but poor systemic heath as well. The team hopes to continue its study surrounding the effects of sugar consumption on the oral microbiome. Click here to read more.