Houston dentists agree that diet plays a big part in one’s oral health. That is why some people with
In the United States where 31% of the population is classified as obese, the June 2009 Journal of Dental Research shows that oral bacteria is a factor contributing to obesity. The research found that single bacterial species Selenomonasnoxia could actually be a biological indicator of an overweight condition.
The researchers at the School of Dentistry of the University of Washington further noted the connection between dental disease and high glycemic diet. Fermented carbohydrates such as pasta, potato, wheat flour and rice are examples of high glycemic food. It means when processed in the mouth this food group is converted into simple sugar. Sugar when not properly utilized by the body contributes to weight gain and eventually, obesity.
Simple sugar in the mouth contributes to the development of plaque. Plaque sticks to the teeth and weaken the enamel in the long run. When the enamel is already weak, cavities can develop and tooth disintegration follows.
Therefore, changing your diet and improving your dental habits for that matter work hand-in-hand in preventing obesity. Sugar is not only bad for the teeth but also bad for the waistline. It follows that choosing low glycemic diet can help prevent plaque and shrink your waistline. Being aware of what you put in your mouth can greatly affect general health and well-being.
While it is not easy to switch diets, consulting with TX dentists in Houston regarding proper care for teeth can help in addressing your weight concerns as well. Leave the sweet and sugary stuff behind and instead start snacking on healthy options. Keeping your mouth healthy by brushing and flossing regularly can also help in removing food particles and debris in your mouth to prevent gum diseases and tooth decay.
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