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Study: Your Sweet Tooth Might Be Genetic

June 22, 2017
Posted By: Andrew Anderson, DDS
Periodontal Treatment | Edina MN Dentist

When you inherit certain character traits from your parents, you might wonder is it a case of nature or nurture? Researchers wondered the same thing when studying people who like to eat sweets. Is it a habit that develops through observation or does a sweet tooth have a genetic component?

A recent study says yes.

A particular hormone found in the liver is responsible for whether or not we crave sugary snacks and efficacy of this hormone may come from your DNA. Sugar is not only detrimental to your oral health, it also negatively impacts nearly every system in the body, either directly or indirectly

What Can You Do about Sugar Cravings?

Sugar is a highly addictive food and it can be tough to give it up. Try substituting something healthier to take the place of your go-to treat. This might be fruit or nuts. Even cutting your sugar consumption in half can have a positive affect on your overall health by reducing your likelihood of developing diabetes and keeping your weight healthy.

How Sugar Impacts Your Oral Health

You have probably heard that sugar can contribute to dental cavities. This is true because the bacteria that soften your enamel love to feed on sugary substances. Soda and energy drinks can have the greatest impact on dental decay because they are acidic, as well as sugar-packed.

Diabetes and gum disease have a known link. While the cause and effect of this connection is unclear, supporting good oral health is better for your overall health. People with diabetes often suffer from gum disease and people with gum disease often have complications from diabetes.

Is It Time for Your Next Dental Cleaning in Edina?

If you are looking for an experienced dentist in Edina, our knowledgeable team is here to help you achieve your goals for your oral health and your smile. Give us a call to arrange a dental appointment that works in your schedule.

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