When people think of diet and oral health, they commonly think about the damage sweet drinks can cause to teeth. While it’s true that these dangerous sugars cause increased acidity in the mouth and lead to tooth decay, soda and sugary-fruit drinks are only part of the problem. The typical American diet tends to be high in calories and low in nutrition, even here in Tampa.
If your body is lacking in vital nutrients, the tissues in the mouth may have trouble resisting infection. These dangerous infections can lead to gum disease.
A few years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled the MyPlate graphic to illustrate a healthy diet. Half of our meals should be composed of fruits and vegetables and the rest should be equally divided between lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.
While this is an excellent resource, vital dietary needs change throughout life, so it’s a good idea to call Kernagis Dental Excellence and schedule a check-up to see if your diet is affecting your teeth.
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