More often than not diet and nutrition are overlooked in our everyday busy world. The truth, however, is that diet plays a vital and important role in maintaining healthy teeth and overall health. The good news is that slight changes to diet can have a substantial impact on complete dental health. Here are a few tips to consider when it comes to nutrition and dental health. In short, as mentioned, the foods that you eat have a direct impact on general health and more specifically on oral health. The teeth and gums are directly affected by contact with certain foods. Sugar based sodas, sweetened fruit juices and nutritionally deficient snacks are simply not good.
Chronic Childhood Diseases
The ultimate result of poor food choice is tooth decay and gum disease. As a matter of fact, tooth decay is one of the most frequently experience childhood diseases. That said it is also one of the easiest to prevent in terms of chronic childhood diseases. Food that contains sugar can be directly attributed to the formation of tooth decay. Know what you are eating and read labels to determine if the ingredients are beneficial or harmful to your teeth and overall general health. Candy, cookies and pastries as well as other foods, while tasting good do cause damage.
An Apple Provides More Nutrition
In addition, it is not only the direct contact with teeth but also the overall lack of nutrition that results in a weakened dental health condition. Consider the difference between eating hard candy that causes damage to teeth and eating an apple or orange. Not only does an apple provide more nutrition in the form of vitamins and minerals as well as enzymes and probiotics, but it also helps to naturally brush the teeth clean. Parents may wish to consider this simple truth and steer their children away from candy while promoting fresh fruit like bananas, grapes, apples and oranges. Contact your Walnut Creek dentist, Massood Darvishzadeh D.D.S at Walnut Creek Dental, today for more information about how better food choices can help with healthy teeth.