The Link between Nutrition and Oral Health

The Link between Nutrition and Oral Health

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.

We are opening with changes to keep you safe!

We are looking forward to seeing each and every one of you, very soon! We will be opening our clinic for all your dental care needs on June 1st. Until then, we are still available for any emergency and urgent dental care you may require.

Our office will have a number of changes designed around giving you a safe, efficient and comfortable experience.

Here’s what to expect:

To book an appointment, please follow the steps below:

Call the office line:

Be prepared to answer the following questions;

  • Have you experienced a fever, cough, runny nose or difficulty breathing in the last two weeks, as we will need to know prior to booking?
  • Have you travelled outside of Alberta within the last 14 days?
  • Have you been diagnosed with covid19 or come in contact with a known covid 19 case?

What we will need from you:

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment and be patient as we follow rigorous and mandated Covid 19 protocols including a health screening prior to your appointment. Please sanitize your hands when you arrive.
  • Please come to your appointment wearing a mask.
  • Be prepared for us to take your temperature at the time of your visit using a no-contact thermometer
  • Be prepared to fill out a covid health questionnaire and consent for treatment form when you arrive.
  • If you have changes to your insurance, please call the office ahead of time to update this information.

Waiting Room:

  • Accompaniment of patients will be limited to one essential caregiver and one parent of minors; all others will be asked to wait in their vehicle outside the clinic.

What the clinic is doing to ensure your safety:

  • Enhanced cleaning methods with approved sanitization products
  • Hand Sanitization station-please sanitize your hands when you arrive
  • Staggered appointment times to allow for cleaning in between patients
  • Plexiglas barrier at the front desk to minimize exposure between staff and patient.
  • Tap payments (no cash payments will be accepted at this time)
  • All team members will be pre-screened before and when they arrive to work to ensure they are healthy to work. Any team member that does not pass the screening will be asked to go home. We are doing this to ensure we are keeping you and all our team members safe. All team members will be wearing the appropriate PPE at all times and employing high standards of hand hygiene and infection control
  • All service personnel and couriers will be screened and asked to sanitize when they arrive and all deliveries will be sprayed and stored to sanitize before handling

The above changes may take some time to get used to and may seem overwhelming, but we are making them because the health of our patients and staff remains our top priority.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing you and appreciate your support to help maintain a safe environment in our clinic.

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