Study: Sweeteners Are a Big Deal
As it turns out, opting for diet sodas instead of sugar-sweetened sodas can backfire since they have their own set of repercussions. While many patients choose artificially sweetened beverages and foods to avoid the calories, tooth damage, and diabetic kickback of sugary treats, it turns out that choice could have a serious impact on the future of your brain.
Artificial Sweeteners Associated with Stroke and Dementia
A recent study published in the medical journal Stroke outlines a rather large study of sugar and artificial sweeteners and the impact on your brain. Participants who consumed artificial sweeteners had an increased incident of stroke or an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
This study did not find a link to sugar-sweetened soft drinks, but we already know that excess sugar consumption increases the chances of developing diabetes, obesity, and heart conditions in addition to the impact sugar has on your oral health.
The best drink you can opt for is water. Leaving natural and artificial sweeteners such as sugar, saccharin, aspartame, and sucralose out of your drinks can help you get fit and maintain better overall health.
Oral Health and Systemic Health: A Growing Understanding
If you are tired of being on damage control with your smile and prefer a dentist with a focus on preventive dentistry in Layton, you have come to the right place. Periodontal health and oral health are intimately linked. When patients present with gum problems, systemic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, COPD, and chronic bronchitis are frequently a concern.
While more research is needed to fully understand these links, maintaining healthy gums should be a high priority for your overall wellness. We are here to help you achieve optimum oral health and a beautiful smile with highly personalized dentistry that focuses on your body’s unique needs and your dental or cosmetic concerns.
Contact our office to set up your next dental appointment with Dr. Hans Smith. We look forward to welcoming you.