Partners in health

Good nutrition and dental wellness go hand in hand

It’s long been known that proper nutrition contributes to good oral health. But it works the other way around, too. A full set of healthy teeth enables a person to consume healthy foods that comprise a good diet. Fresh fruits and vegetables are key components in a healthy diet—for overall wellbeing and for good dental health—along with whole-grain breads and cereals, low-fat dairy products, lean meats, and fish. Foods containing protein, such as peanuts and beans to name a couple, can be added to the daily mix for variety. Good oral hygiene is a must as well. Brushing thoroughly twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, flossing daily, drinking plenty of water, and regular dental checkups are vital to maintaining good dental health. If gum disease and tooth decay are permitted to gain a foothold, tooth loss may be the result. Individuals who experience tooth loss may find chewing certain nutritious foods difficult, therefore they eliminate them from their diets. Quality of nutritional intake and enjoyment of meals may be greatly diminished with tooth loss as well, which will impact oral health and overall health. To enjoy better oral health throughout your life, it’s important to heed the connection between nutrition and dental care. Talk to us about ways to enhance this relationship for an overall healthier you.

REGULAR VISITS can equal HEALTHY TEETH

Some people are under the mistaken belief that only children need regular dental visits. They figure once all the adult teeth have come in, there’s no reason to visit the dentist regularly. However, reasons to visit the dentist throughout one’s lifetime include preventing dental-health issues and detecting potential problems early, when they are easier and less expensive to treat. Regular dental visits are part of a good plan for overall health. A healthy set of teeth can help a patient enjoy better nutrition throughout his or her life to
contribute to enhanced health. How often you should visit your dentist should be based on your unique needs and your dentist’s recommendations for you.

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