The Individual’s Guide to Proper Dental Care (Part 2): The Link Between Nutrition and Oral Health
- October 25, 2013
- 3 mins read
If you have read the previous post, then you probably have taken to heart the teeth cleaning practices that should become habits whenever it is time to clean your teeth after a meal or before going to sleep. Once that aspect of oral health care has been established, we will now start to focus on the link between what you put in your mouth and how it will affect your dental and periodontics health.
A huge portion of proper dental care has a lot to do with what you eat, which is why it is important to pay attention to what you eat and drink, as well as how you prepare your food. Aside from that, it is also crucial to learn about the essential nutrients that you can find in certain foods and which among these would best help achieve and maintain a healthy and beautiful looking smiles.
You may be able to prevent two of the most common diseases of modern civilization, tooth decay (caries) and periodontal (gum) disease, simply by improving your diet. Decay results when the teeth and other hard tissues of the mouth are destroyed by acid products from oral bacteria.
Certain foods and food combinations are linked to higher levels of cavity-causing bacteria. Although poor nutrition does not directly cause periodontal disease, many researchers believe that the disease progresses faster and is more severe in patients whose diet does not supply the necessary nutrients.
Poor nutrition affects the entire immune system, thereby increasing susceptibility to many disorders. People with lowered immune systems have been shown to be at higher risk for periodontal disease. Additionally, research shows a link between oral health and systemic conditions, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. So eating a variety of foods as part of a well-balanced diet may not only improve your dental health, but increasing fiber and vitamin intake may also reduce the risk of other diseases.
There is a strong connection between the food people eat and their oral health. In fact, it is an integral part of oral health. This is why many dental health professionals and academicians invest their time on integrating oral health with education, research, and services concerning nutrition. Nutritionists and dentists work together to ensure that gum, mouth, and teeth problems are prevented.
Tooth decay might seem like a minor health issue, but it can affect a person’s overall health in the long run. It is very common and easily transmissible, which is why it has to be prevented while it is still in its earlier stages. Simple habits such as eating a healthy diet and practicing proper oral hygiene are a good start.
Eating balanced meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables, while staying away from fatty foods is essential for a outstanding oral health. Meanwhile, brushing and flossing the teeth regularly, scraping the tongue, and using mouthrinse is equally helpful. Lastly, schedule an appointment with a trusted dentist for counselling and professional advice to know the status your dental health and what you can do to improve it.
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