Can Carbs Cause Cavities?

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As if a lack of nutritional value and the ability to expedite obesity and diabetes weren’t good enough reasons to cut back on high-glycemic carbohydrates, experts say that they pose a threat to our smiles, too.

Cookies, candy, starchy foods, and even some fruits are sometimes referred to as fermentable carbs, which means they that they turn into simple sugars while they’re still in your mouth. So it stands to reason that this instant sugar transformation could contribute to tooth decay.

It makes sense. We’ve been told since toddlerhood that sugar will rot our teeth-we just never considered the sneakier sources. So even if you’ve banned lollipops and doughnuts from your diet, you may still be tarnishing your smile with bananas, raisins, potatoes and corn.

Some dentists are in accordance with nutritionists, recommending that sugar-spiking carbohydrates be avoided whenever possible. Others, however, feel that the effects of their consumption can be managed with meticulous oral hygiene. However, both factions agree: there’s no benefit to allowing yourself an unlimited amount of this kind of carbohydrate.

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