March is National Nutrition Month, so it’s the perfect time to discuss the relationship between nutrition and your oral health! Read on to learn about the benefits that a healthy diet can provide for your smile!
Remember that old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Did you know that the same can be said about the dentist? March is National Nutrition Month, so it’s the perfect time to discuss the relationship between nutrition and your oral health! Read on to learn about the benefits that a healthy diet can provide for your smile!
Your mouth, teeth, and gums are more than just a pretty smile. You need them for chewing and swallowing, which are the first steps of the digestive process. The mouth is the initial point of contact for all of the food that you eat, and what you put in your mouth also impacts your teeth and gums. If your nutrition is poor, the first signs will appear in your mouth. This can manifest as staining, tooth decay, gingivitis, and other issues.
The healthier your diet is, the healthier your mouth will be. Simple enough, right?The form of the food—whether it’s liquid, solid,sticky or slow to dissolve, can also make a difference. Solids and liquids leave the mouth quickly, whereas sticky and slow-dissolving foods tend to hang around longer and cause problems for your teeth and gums. How often you eat sugary foods and beverages and how often you eat or drink acidic foods and beverages also effects your oral health.
YOU control what you eat, and every day you can make smart and healthy decisions to keep your smile at 100 percent. There are plenty of delicious foods that are also extremely beneficial to your oral health.
Empty calorie foods
·Nutritious acidic foods
Sugar is what’s called a soluble carbohydrate. Carbohydrates act like food for oral bacteria. When you consume sugar, you are giving oral bacteria what it needs to thrive. Cutting back on sugar, and other sources of simple carbohydrates that are easily fermentable, reduces your cavity risk.
Limit added sugars in your diet by reading food labels to determine the amount of added sugar in a food. Since ingredients are listed on the label in order of weight, from most to least, if one of the following terms is listed as one of the first few ingredients, it’s a good bet that food is high in sugar. Sometimes it can be hard to spot when reading food labels. Added sugar is disguised under a number of names – here are some of its aliases:
Hopefully you learned something about how nutrition and oral health go hand-in-hand! Maybe you can make some healthy changes to your diet,and keep your smile beautiful for even longer. After all, you are what you eat,and the same goes for teeth!