Nutrition & Teeth

It has long been known that good nutrition and a well-balanced diet is one of the best defences for your oral health. Providing your body with the right amounts of vitamins and minerals helps your teeth and gums-as well as your immune system-stay strong and ward off infection, decay and disease.

‍Harmful acids and bacteriain your mouth are left behind from eating foods high in sugar andcarbohydrates. These include carbonated beverages, some kinds of fruit juices,and many kinds of starch foods like pasta, bread and cereal. While no linkshave been actually made between gum disease and a poor diet, nutrition problems(including obesity and overeating) can create conditions that make gum diseaseeasier to contract.

Children's Nutrition and Teeth

Good eating habits that begin in early childhood can go a long way to ensuring a lifetime of good oral health.

Children should eat foods rich in calcium and other kinds of minerals, as well as a healthy balance of the essential food groups like vegetables, fruits, dairy products, poultry and meat. Fluoride supplements may be helpful if you live in a community without
fluoridated water, but consult with our office first. (Be aware that sugars are even found in some kinds of condiments, as well as fruits and even milk.)

Allowing your children to eat excessive amounts of junk food (starches and sugars)-including potato chips, cookies, crackers, soda, even artificial fruit rollups and granola bars-only places them at risk for serious oral health problems down the road, including obesity, osteoporosis and diabetes. As well, the frequency in which
you allow your child to eat junk food is also a key ingredient in encouraging oral and overall health problems in the future. The carbonation found in soda, for example, can actually erode tooth enamel. Encourage your child to use a straw when drinking soda; this will help keep at least some of the carbonated beverage away from the teeth.

Adult Nutrition and Teeth

There's no discounting the importance of continuing a healthy balanced diet throughout your adult life.

If you develop a weight problem, change your diet and get regular exercise. Be aware that some so-called fad diets have been known to cause serious deficiencies in recommended levels of minerals and vitamins.

Of course, good oral hygiene helps ensure that harmful bacteria and plaque-the sticky substance that coats your teeth during sleep and after meals-are effectively minimized. Adults also are encouraged to avoid eating "sticky" foods such as caramels and dried fruits because they leave behind stubborn substances on teeth and
only encourage needless plaque formation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to speak with Dr. Zajac or one of our Zajac Dental team members today.
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