How Poor Nutrition Is Detrimental To Oral Health

What To Avoid

We all know that the food choices we make have an impact on one’s general health. There are carbohydrates, starches, sweets, proteins, and acids, among others, when consumed in excessive amounts can create havoc in our organs and tissues. It does the same where our oral health is involved.

High sugar diets – such as frequent consumption of cakes, cookies, and pastries, chocolates, sugar-filled sodas, sweetened fruit drinks or snacks – increase your risk for tooth decay. Did you know that tooth decay is the most common chronic disease of childhood? While families love to have their children indulge in sweets, the dangers of this for the health of the little ones’ teeth and gums are highly problematic.

Entirely preventable, sugar attracts bacteria and acid that destroys or weakens enamel, leading to dental caries. Children and even adults must be able to control the amount of sugar taken in. Moderation and sometimes avoidance can keep tooth decay at bay. Being conscious about food labels, sugar content, and the frequency of intake and length of exposure, can develop into habits and decrease the incidence of tooth decay.

Seek out dietary recommendations that can help children and adults in different stages of development, different levels of physical activities, and presence of non-presence of a medical condition. A physician, dentist, or a dietitian can also offer helpful suggestions to keep teeth and gums healthy.

Starchy foods may be even worse than sweets because starch tends to stick for a longer time on tooth surfaces increasing the risk of cavity development. A high starch diet, is a diet high in carbohydrates, such as potato chips, pasta, rice, and bread are detrimental to teeth. On the other hand, high consumption of acidic foods and drinks exposes the teeth directly to destructive acid. With plenty of water to drink, you keep your mouth hydrated and healthy.

All these food groups may also affect gum health, causing, at first, irritation, then follows swelling and redness. Simple gingivitis affects all age groups, while severe gum disease is a major cause of adult tooth loss. Remember that most people with poor nutrition often have severe oral conditions.

Make wise choices where your food and drink consumption is concerned. Moderation is key, even with snacks. More important is sticking to regular and proper oral hygiene practices. A balanced diet also preserves gum health. And keep your dentist’s advice in mind for healthy teeth and gums.


Great Nutrition Advice by Lynnwood Dentist

If you wish to know more about how you can keep your teeth and gums healthy through good nutrition, come see us at Song Dental. Your Lynnwood dentist is always ready to help.