The Link between Nutrition and Oral Health

The Link between Nutrition and Oral Health

May 01, 2019

Brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist regularly are just the basics to a good oral hygiene but to achieve excellent oral health, it is necessary to maintain proper nutrition. Having a well-balanced, diet filled with nutrients provides your body with immunity to fight the infections that contribute towards periodontal disease which is a leading cause of adult tooth loss.

The mouth body connection

More than 47% of people over the age of 30 suffer from periodontal diseases and close to 70% of adults over 65 are diagnosed with periodontitis which not only causes tooth loss but also leads to travelling of bacteria to the heart and the lungs at times.

Another sign of poor oral health is unexpected increased sensitivity to hot or cold which can indicate an infection near the root of the tooth, known as a dental abscess, which may require a root canal treatment. Abscesses can be fatal and necessitate instant care. Other warning signs include fever, tenderness in your lymph nodes, painful toothache, or facial swelling.

Your enamel under attack

When you eat sugary, processed foods, the naturally-occurring bacteria in your mouth feed on the sugars and create bacteria clusters protected by a layer of plaque and excrete highly acidic waste onto your teeth destroying enamel and causing cavities. Other factors that cause a cavity include the balance between good and bad bacteria in your mouth, its PH level and the quality of your saliva.

Improving your diet to improve mouth health

A healthy diet can contribute to better oral health and some basic steps suggested by dentists at Comfort Care Dental could help you achieve it. Prefer water over soda, juice or sports drinks when possible to avoid the damaging acid and sugar mixture. Foods that are high in carbohydrates, starches, and sugar contribute to the production of plaque acids that can attack your enamel and cause cavities. Such food and beverages should be consumed during meals when saliva production rises and rinses food and acids from your mouth. Certain food items like animal proteins from chicken skin, grass-fed beef, salmon or other oily fish such as mackerel possess act as nutrient super-defenders and defend oral hygiene. Other important food items necessary for keeping your teeth healthy are turmeric, mushrooms, broccoli, bell peppers and green tea.

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