Nutrition and Dental Health
We have all heard about how important it is to eat a well-balanced diet and watch our sugar intake to keep ourselves healthy and fit. But did you know that your diet has a pronounced effect on your oral health or that your teeth and gums often show the first signs of poor nutrition?
The types of foods you eat and even when you eat them can have a dramatic effect on your teeth and gums. Certain types of food have been linked to higher levels of cavity-causing bacteria. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies caused by a poor diet affect your overall health, as well as increase your risk for needing gum disease treatment.
Optimally you should try to maintain a balanced and varied diet in accordance with the standards set by the American Dietic Association and National Institute of Health. By choosing a diet rich in nutrients and fiber you will be doing a good thing for your teeth and your body will thank you too!
Your dentist and hygienist will discuss how your diet impacts your dental health and may make recommendations about changes you can make that will impact your dental health as well as your overall health.