Tooth decay and gum disease are two of the most common diseases of modern society. This is a fairly new occurrence, as ancient civilizations—and even generations as recent as 100 years ago—didn’t have nearly the prevalence rate of decay or gum disease as we do today. Studies reveal that this isn’t an accident of evolution, but rather, a fate of our own making. Our modern diet—which consists of manufactured goods and processed sugar—contributes heavily to poor oral health. By altering our diets to eliminate or reduce these foods, we can reduce our risk for oral disease exponentially.
Poor nutrition takes a toll on the entire body—especially the immune system. When the immune system is attacked, you become much more susceptible to many disorders—including oral disease. Periodontal disease has an especially significant effect on the body, as the bacteria responsible for the disease is also responsible for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Because of the strong link to your overall health, and because we believe in helping you achieve a beautiful smile that will allow you to live more confidently in all aspects of your life, we want to take a few moments to give you a bit of advice on how to improve your dental health by maintaining a well-balanced diet.
How to plan Your Meals and Snacks to Promote Better Oral Health
Eating a well-balanced diet that includes food from all five food groups is one of the best ways to maintain good oral and overall health. Fruits, vegetables, breads and cereals, milk, dairy products and meats, chicken, and fish and beans should all make their way into your meals at some point throughout the month. To see how much you need to eat of each food group each day, visit this handy tool by ChooseMyPlate.gov: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/
While you may hear that the latest diet is “the best one for you!” try to avoid trend and fad diets, as they almost always limit or exclude one entire food group, and therefore, result in vitamin or mineral deficiencies.
Some other things you can do to help your smile include:
- Drinking lots of water throughout the day, especially after each meal
- Chewing sugarless gum
- Avoiding soft, sweet, sticky foods such as cakes, candies and dried fruits
- Snacking instead on nuts, raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese and sugarless gum or candy
- Eating your carbohydrates—such as crackers, cookies and chips—with your meal, instead of by themselves
- Avoid overeating anyone thing
Why You’ll Smile More On this New Diet
While we understand that making a lifestyle change as big as this one is difficult, it’s well worth the effort. Not only will you feel better, but you’ll also be healthier, and you’ll reduce your risk for tooth loss, pain or joint dysfunction, tooth decay and any other conditions associated with poor oral health significantly. You’ll also help to reduce your dental bill, as tooth decay and tooth loss can get quite costly.
If you need help altering your diet, or even if you just want to see what more you can do to improve your oral health, we’re always here to answer any questions you have. Visit http://www.paragondentalinc.com/our-services/ to see what more we can do to help you keep a healthy smile, or contact us at 472-331-2070.