You Are What You Eat
Advance Dental - Dr. Ronald Stangebye
Nutrition and Oral Health: You are What You EatIf you’ve ever heard the expression, “you are what you eat,” there may be more truth to that than you think. Our mouth is a tool that keeps the machine, also known as our body, strong. In order to keep the mouth healthy, you need to give it what it needs, not what it craves, no matter how badly you want to reach for that slice of pizza. Eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods from each of the five food groups, promotes healthy teeth and gums, while strengthening our immune system in the process. A balanced, well-rounded diet will also protect the teeth from decay and keep your dental health as well as your physical health in optimal shape.
Diet and Oral-Systemic ConnectionFoods that contain sugars of any kind contribute to tooth decay. Though almost all foods contain sugar, it’s important to avoid added sugars that are found in sports drinks, candy, and cookies. If foods don’t contain any nutritional value, they will take a toll on teeth just as much as they take a toll on a person’s waist. If your diet lacks certain nutrients, it may be more difficult to resist infection and easier to develop periodontal disease and cavities.
Eat This, Not ThatAs knowledge of the connection between oral and nutrition increases, it’s important to understand that if you consume a high acidic diet, with added sugars, your oral health may suffer and physically, you may feel sluggish. Now we aren’t asking you to transform your fridge completely, but it doesn’t hurt to make slight changes. Incorporating these foods into your family lifestyle will provide nutritional value and will impact your oral health and physical health in a positive way.