Strong Oral Health
You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again – proper nutrition is the best way to look and feel like your healthiest self. But eating nutritious foods and getting proper hydration doesn’t just keep your bones strong and your hair shiny, it’s also the cornerstone for proper oral health.
When your body doesn’t get the vitamins and minerals it needs, your mouth has less strength to fight off infections that come along, which can allow periodontal disease to set in. Periodontal disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults, and while it isn’t caused directly by poor nutrition, researchers believe that poor nutrition allows the disease to spread faster and become more serious than in people who eat a healthy, nutritious diet.
Diets that focus on fatty, processed foods with low nutritional value can play a big part in the development of gum disease and tooth decay. Starchy, sugary foods that are high carbohydrates signal the body to create plaque acids that attack the teeth. Eventually, these acids can weaken tooth enamel and cause it to break down, leaving the person with a cavity in their tooth.
We’re realistic over here at your Whitby dentist. While we encourage you to eat a healthy diet full of highly nutritious foods that give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs, we know that you’re still human. Once in a while, you’ll probably still reach for those sugary, starchy foods, and that’s ok! Just try to eat them during meals, rather than on their own. That’s because your body produces more saliva during a meal, which helps rinse food, sugar and acids from your teeth before they have time to cause a problem. Whenever possible, avoid foods like candy that stick to your teeth – those produce more plaque than other treats.
The good news is that eating a healthy diet is easy! Try to stick to foods that are minimally processed – foods that still look the same as when they were grown. Avoid pre-packaged foods whenever possible. An easy rule to follow is that if the package lists ingredients that you can’t pronounce, don’t buy it. Challenge yourself to do your grocery shopping on the outside ring of the grocery store, avoiding the internal aisles that are stocked with boxed or bagged items.
Proper nutrition will help you look great, feel great, and keep a bright, healthy smile for the rest of your life.
Don’t forget your regular dental cleanings with your hygienist at Downtown Whitby Dentistry! Call our dental office today to schedule an appointment. Our family dental practice in downtown Whitby is always welcoming new patients and emergencies.