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Dental Reasons to Go Low Carb

Posted on 6/5/2015 by Fady Ebid
A woman eating a salad inside a bowl. If you eat a healthy low carb diet and exercise, you usually can expect good news when you go for your medical checkup. Typically, you would see lower weight, lower blood pressure and better cholesterol numbers. Did you know that if you decide to go on a low carbohydrate diet, you may experience better dental health as well?

It really is true, and here is why:
Carbohydrates and sugars can cause great damage to your tooth enamel and lead to cavities and gum disease. Of course, we all know that the sugar can lead to cavities, but do you know why this occurs? When you eat anything that contains sugars, the bacteria in the mouth will convert that sugar into glucose, or energy. This will cause acid to form which can damage your tooth enamel. This entire process lasts about 30 minutes. The acid will start to erode the tooth enamel if you do not rinse out your mouth or brush your teeth.

What Are Some Carbs That Can Cause Tooth Decay?

We all know that candy can cause cavities because they are full of sugar. However, many other carbohydrates can cause the very same tooth damage!

Some of the most common food items that can damage the teeth include:

•  Potatoes
•  Breads
•  Pastas
•  Fruit

Note that bread and pasta can be some of the worst carbohydrates for the teeth because they are chewy and stick to the teeth.

Bad Teeth Can Lead to Bad Health

Another good reason to restrict sugars and carbohydrates is that the resulting tooth decay can make you sick.

Here is how: the worse the condition of your teeth, the more your overall nutrition will suffer. This is a very common problem with older people. Many of them suffer from dental problems and have difficulty chewing many types of foods which forces them not to eat enough healthy foods, such as meat and vegetables. This can lead to malnutrition, which can then lead to many nasty diseases and illnesses.

Also, tooth decay can lead to gum disease, and gum disease can actually increase your chances of stroke and heart disease. This happens when you have a long-term infection in the mouth. The bacteria can eventually get into your blood, and then can attack the arteries. Much of the heart disease research today is not as much focused on cholesterol levels anymore, but focusing more on inflammation. Gum disease is an inflammation of tissue that can lead to inflammation elsewhere in the body.

The above information shows that eating carbohydrates can indeed damage your teeth and your health. So, eating a low carb diet really can be good for your teeth, not to mention your waistline.

How to Avoid Dental Problems with Carbs

If you still do eat the occasional carbohydrate, you can avoid tooth and other health problems. If you eat any type of carbohydrate, it always is a good idea to brush your teeth right after you eat them. This way the sugars in the food will not stick to the teeth for very long. If you are not able to brush your teeth right away, you should at least rinse your mouth out with water. This will wash away some of the food that might be stuck in the teeth. It also will help to neutralize the acids in the mouth.

If you are worried about the health of your mouth as a result of your love for carbs, please call us at (678) 390-5599 today to make an appointment. We will help treat you as well as give you ways to overcome your carbohydrate addiction.

Preparing For Your Visit
We look forward to meeting you and working with you to achieve full dental health. We ask that you complete your Patient Forms a minimum of two days prior to your scheduled appointment with Lake Pointe Dental - Marietta. This allows our front office team to fully prepare your dental insurance benefits for a comprehensive consultation.

Questions? Please feel welcome to call or email us for assistance.

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Marietta, GA 30062


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