How Your Diet Contributes to a Healthy Mouth and Healthy Body

Jan 28th, 2012 | By | Category: More dental news, Preventive Dentistry

Since you consult a physician for your body and a dentist for your mouth, it’s easy to adopt the mindset that the two are disconnected. The truth is, your oral health affects your entire body and vice versa. Maintaining a healthy diet is the very best foundation for both.

How does a healthy mouth affect general health?

Periodontal disease, commonly called gum disease, has been linked to a number of serious, chronic conditions.  The bacteria in diseased gums can cause or exacerbate heart disease, dementia, respiratory illness, and diabetes. In addition to regular brushing and flossing, one of the best ways to prevent gum disease is by eating a balanced, low-sugar diet. Sugar causes plaque, and plaque leads to gum disease and cavities. Untreated cavities can also impact your health by making it difficult to eat certain foods or maintain a varied diet. A healthy mouth ensures you can eat a variety of foods from all the recommended food groups.

How does body health contribute to a healthy mouth?

Those who are obese or have diabetes are at an increased risk for periodontal disease. As both conditions are diet-related, a healthy diet that is low in sugar is crucial to keep them under control and maintain your oral health. Another condition that affects oral health is osteoporosis, which is characterized by rapid bone loss. Don’t forget that your teeth are bones, too, and they need to be protected with a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D.

What should I eat?

To maintain good oral health and keep your entire body balanced and healthy, you should do the following:

  • Eat a varied diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, meat, and dairy products
  • Avoid refined white flour products and sugary treats as much as possible
  • Limit snacks, or at least choose snacks that are low in refined sugars
  • Limit sugary carbonated drinks and fruit juices
  • Drink lots of water

You’ll also need regular dental checkups, so call Dr. Moiceanu today at (510) 758-7222 to schedule an appointment. Hilltop Family Dental serves patients in Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Vallejo, Pinole, El Cerrito, Hercules, and Benicia.

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