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Sugary Drinks Linked To Oral Health Risk – Study

A new study has found that increased sugary drink consumption is associated with reduced bacterial richness and altered oral microbiome composition. Results of the new study published in the journal ‘Scientific Reports’ reports on potentially pathogenic changes in oral microbiota following the consumption of sugar-rich drinks.

Oral microbiome, oral microbiota or oral microflora refers to the microorganisms found in the human oral cavity. The normal microbiome of the oral cavity is encompassed with bacteria, fungi, viruses, archaea, and protozoa. The study showed that acid-producing bacteria are more abundant, whereas certain commensals are less abundant as the intake of sugary beverages increases.

The oral microbiome comprises over 700 bacteria species, as well as fungi, viruses, and other microorganisms. Disruption of the oral microbiome has been associated with oral diseases like periodontitis and may also be involved in the development of diabetes.

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