When it comes to proper nutrition, every thing you eat counts. That’s why it’s important to look at all the things you eat to determine if it’s good or bad for your teeth.
Your mouth, teeth and gums, used in chewing and swallowing, are the first steps in the digestion process. This begins the process of delivering nutrients into the body. In addition, if your nutrition is poor, the first signs often show up in your mouth.
Begin now learning to eat a well-balanced diet so that your body can get the nutrients needed for good health and wellness. If your body is low in the proper nutrients, you may have a hard time fighting infections. A poor diet can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Carbohydrates, sugars and starches help produce plaque acids that attack the tooth enamel, destroying teeth. Also, too much of these can lead to diabetes, heart disease, or even stroke. Remember to read the labels on every food you purchase.
In order to maintain a balanced diet, try to eat a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups. Stay away from empty calorie foods and those high in sugar. Choose a healthy stack such as cheese, raw vegetables, plain yogurt, almonds, or a piece of fruit.
Remember to watch what you eat and call us twice a year for your dental check up.
We know that in order to have proper nutrition, we need to eat a well balanced diet. If you don’t give your body the nutrients it needs, your health as well as your mouth, may suffer. The first step in the digestion process begins with your mouth, teeth and gums. Properly chewing your food goes a long way in making sure you get what you need. A poor diet can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. High carbs and sugary foods contribute to the production of plaque which will cause cavities.
Here are a few useful tips courtesy of MouthHealthy.org, the ADA’s consumer website:
- Follow the recommended nutritional guidelines. Your individual nutrition and calorie needs depend on your age, gender, level of physical activity and other health factors. However, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a balanced and healthy diet should include fruits and vegetables; grains, especially whole grains such as oatmeal, brown rice and whole wheat bread; low-fat or fat-free dairy foods; and lean protein choices.
- Stay away from foods that harm your dental health. Empty calorie foods such as candy, sweets and snack foods are a cause for dental concern, not only because they offer no nutritional value, but because the amount and type of sugar that they contain can adhere to teeth. The bacteria in your mouth feed off these sugars, releasing acids, which can lead to tooth decay. In addition, sugar-containing drinks — soda, lemonade, juice and sweetened coffee or tea — are particularly harmful because sipping them causes a constant sugar bath over teeth, which promotes tooth decay.
- Eat foods that benefit dental health. Cheese, milk, plain yogurt, calcium-fortified tofu, leafy greens and almonds are foods that may benefit tooth health thanks to their high amounts of calcium and other nutrients they provide. Protein-rich foods like meat, poultry, fish, milk and eggs are good sources of phosphorus, which along with calcium, plays a critical role in dental health by protecting and rebuilding tooth enamel. In addition, fruits and vegetables are high in water and fiber, which balance the sugars they contain and help to clean the teeth.
If you have any questions concerning your dental health and the part good nutrition plays, give us a call at Brogdon Dental 423-870-5698. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your dental needs.
March is National Nutrition Month and the time to start thinking about what you eat and how it affects your dental health. Having healthy eating habits is important to our dental health. Choosing nutritious foods can play a major role in preventing gum disease and tooth decay.
Some Dietary Guidelines to follow include:
- Foods Rich in Calcium – Choose foods such as milk, cheese and dairy products that are calcium rich and help protect teeth from acid and decay.
- Fruits and Vegetables – Nutritious fruits and vegetables can freshen your breath and help eliminate plaque. Studies indicate that cranberries stop the formation of plaque. Buy locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables and try something new.
- Drink Water – Water can help rinse away those acidic and sugary foods that cause problems.
- Limit Sugar and Acidic Foods – Foods high in sugar or acid can damage your teeth by forming plaque. By limiting your intake of these foods and beverages, you not only help your teeth, but your whole body.
Remember to brush and floss after meals to remove food particles that can be harmful to your teeth. Contact us at Brogdon Dental if you have any thoughts or concerns about your teeth. We are here to help answer any questions you might have.
By eating a diet rich in healthy foods, you not only help your body and your heart, but your mouth as well. Small changes can make a big difference!