Researchers say that the high-glycemic diet that leads to dental problems in the short term may, in the long term, cause harm to the body. "The five-alarm fire bell of a tooth ache is difficult to ignore," says Dr. Philippe P. Hujoel, professor of dental public health sciences at the University of Washington (UW) School of Dentistry in Seattle. Hujoel weighed two contradictory viewpoints on the role of dietary carbohydrates in health and disease. The debate surrounds fermentable carbohydates: foods that turn into simple sugars in the mouth. Fermentable carbohydrates are not just sweets like cookies, doughnuts, cake and candy. They also include bananas and several tropical fruits, sticky fruits like raisins and other dried fruits, and starchy foods like potatoes, refined wheat flour, yams, rice, pasta, pretzels, bread, and corn. One viewpoint is that certain fermentable carbohydrates are beneficial to general health and that the harmful dental consequences of such a diet should be managed by the tools found in the oral hygiene section of drugstores. A contrasting viewpoint suggests that fermentable carbohydrates are bad for both dental and general health, and that both dental and general health need to be maintained by restricting fermentable carbohydrates. The close correlation between the biological mechanisms that cause dental decay and the factors responsible for high average levels of glucose in the blood is intriguing. Hujoel explains that eating sugar or fermentable carbohydrates drops the acidity levels of dental plaque and is considered an initiating cause of dental decay. "Eating these same foods, he says, is also associated with spikes in blood sugar levels. There is fascinating evidence that suggests that the higher the glycemic level of a food, the more it will drop the acidity of dental plaque, and the higher it will raise blood sugar. So, possibly, dental decay may really be a marker for the chronic high-glycemic diets that lead to both dental decay and chronic systemic diseases. This puts a whole new light on studies that have linked dental diseases to such diverse illnesses as Alzheimer's disease and pancreatic cancer," Hujoel said. The report has been published in the Journal of Dental Research.Source: ANI << Cleavage Exposure at Workplace Could Harm Women's Career Manganese in the Environment can Correlate to Cancer Rates ... >> Recommended Reading Tooth Discoloration Tooth discoloration or staining is caused commonly due to smoking, some medicines and poor dental hygiene. READ MORE Atkins Diet Atkins diet is a low carbohydrate diet and aids in weight loss. It was developed by Robert Atkins. READ MORE Lifestyle Modification: No Big Deal! Simple and practically possible lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in improving our health status without actually putting much effort. READ MORE Loose Teeth Looseness of teeth is caused by a disease of the periodontium and includes the tissues surrounding the teeth. READ MORE Low Carbohydrate Diet A low carbohydrate diet helps achieve weight loss. It is a diet plan that restricts the carbohydrate intake. READ MORE Macrobiotic Diet Macrobiotics is an Oriental theory that lays down guidelines for promoting well-being and longevity through systematic diet consisting mainly of whole grains and beans. READ MORE South Beach Diet South Beach Diet plan originally developed to prevent heart disease, soon gained popularity as weight loss diet plan. This diet plan was developed by Dr.Arthur Agaston and Marie Almon. READ MORE Tongue Abnormalities Tongue is the only muscle that is attached to only one end. The abnormalities of the tongue include tongue disease, tongue tie and size-related anomalies. READ MORE Tooth Decay Tooth decay in toddlers, children and adults, also called dental caries, is a bacterial infection causing demineralization and destruction of the hard tissues of the teeth. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Blood Donation - Recipients Daily Calorie Requirements Drug Side Effects Calculator More News on: Tongue AbnormalitiesLoose TeethLow Carbohydrate DietAtkins DietSouth Beach DietTooth DecayTooth DiscolorationTeeth ChartMacrobiotic DietLifestyle Modification: No Big Deal!