It is a fact that the food you eat has a direct impact on your internal as well as external well being. Food also affects your oral hygiene, so it is crucial to be mindful of what you eat and how much you eat. Carbohydrates are an important part of our meal, but are they safe? Let’s have a look.
Do carbohydrates cause cavity in our teeth?
The answer is yes. The main culprit for it is sucrose (a fermentable carbohydrate). Although sucrose plays a major role in providing energy to our body, food containing sucrose has a tendency to be retained by teeth. Eventually, it turns into acid which dissolves the outermost layer of our teeth which is enamel.
Should we stop taking sucrose-containing food in our diet?
No, but we should remember a few important things for healthy oral hygiene and a healthy lifestyle.
- Frequency- Decrease the frequency of sucrose-containing foods in your diet.
- Consistency- Sucrose in solid form is more dangerous than sucrose in liquid form.
What are the foods that contain sucrose?
Solid retentive food containing sucrose are cakes, doughnuts, cookies, candy bars brownies, pastries, jams, jellies, hard candies, pancakes, etc.
Sucrose in liquid forms are milkshakes, hot chocolates, condensed milk, fruit drinks, sweetened fruit juice, etc.
When sucrose-containing food is consumed between meals it is more dangerous than consuming sucrose-containing food as part of a meal. So to maintain healthy oral hygiene and a healthy lifestyle, we should substitute these high carbohydrate snacks to healthy ones which are less cariogenic too. Some healthy substitutes include peanuts, walnuts, almonds, whole wheat biscuit, fresh fruits, salads, vegetables like carrot slices, cucumber slices, baked potato, unsweetened fruit juice etc.
For a healthy lifestyle, you must include these five foundation foods in your diet—cereal and pulses, vegetables, fruits, meats like fish, eggs and other protein-rich food.
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