At Custom Periodontics, we are dedicated to educating our patients on the link between nutrition and periodontal health. Dr. Shelby Nelson strives to keep everyone she treats well-informed on maintaining a balanced diet and how what you eat effects your oral health.
Nutrition affects your overall health as well as your oral health. For example, poor nutrition has been linked to an increased risk of developing oral cancer, periodontal disease and defects in the tooth enamel. Other nutritional deficiencies have been known to change the levels of bacteria in your mouth, increasing acidity and causing a greater buildup of plaque on your teeth.
On the other hand, there are many nutrients that work to keep your teeth, gums and mouth healthier and protect against infection and disease. Vitamin A, for example, contributes to tooth development, and Vitamin B helps keep your teeth, gums and tongue functioning properly.
As each person has a unique metabolism, you may find that certain nutrients benefit you more than others. When you visit our office, our skilled periodontist will review your diet and oral health with you, and determine the type of diet and nutrients that will be most beneficial to your oral and overall health. She may also make recommendations about changes to your eating habits and routines that could help you.
There are also a few basic things that you can do to maintain good nutrition and help keep your mouth healthy. These include:
- Limiting your intake of sugars and carbohydrates
- Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as other fresh foods
- Drink more water, and limit your intake of sugary beverages
- Eat foods high in calcium and phosphorus
- Brush after each meal, and floss daily
- Read food labels
If you have any questions about how nutrition and oral health are linked, or to make an appointment with our periodontist, give us a call today. We are committed to helping you enjoy excellent oral health.