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Diets may link poor dental health and chronic disease
Updated: 7/10/2009 7:00:34 PM

Diets may link poor dental health and chronic disease Diets high in fermentable carbohydrates can cause serious dental health problems in the short term and poor dental health has been linked to a number of chronic diseases. An article appearing in this month's issue of Dental Research argues that it may be the diet causing both problems.

Dr Philippe P. Hujoel, professor of dental public health sciences at the University of Washington School of Dentistry in Seattle looked at the health effects of diets that raise the glycemic index in the body.
There is growing evidence that these diets may increase the risks of cardiovascular disease, stroke, Alzheimer's and other diseases. It is already known that such diets adversely impact dental health.

Hujoel argues that dental care could be improved by dentists suggesting nutritional changes to patients. This would have a short term goal of improving dental health and reducing the need to perform teeth extractions or fillings, while also improving a patients' overall health in the long term.

A diet high that avoids fermentable carbohydrates such as refined sugar and white flour has been shown to be an excellent way to control blood sugar in diabetics.

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