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December 1, 2009

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Oral Health And Diet

Yes, Your Diet Effects Your Teeth

If you’re wondering how diet affects your oral health, first realize that the tissues in your mouth are alive. They have the same nutritional needs as the rest of your body. When you don’t get enough vitamins, minerals and other healthy food, your teeth, gums and mouth tissues can suffer.

In addition to bad breath, a poor diet can result in more cavities, contribute to periodontal disease and gingivitis, and even cause scurvy.

Scurvy comes about due to not having enough vitamin C in your system. It manifests as bleeding gums and potentially the loss of teeth. These types of problems are good examples of how diet affects your oral health every single day.

Sweets; Acids & Other Contributing Factors:

Sugar in any form is one of the dietary items that adds to the formation of plaque. So, the more sweets a person consumes (both in foods and beverages) the more likely it becomes that plaque buildup may occur.

Foods and beverages high in acid can also impact teeth and oral health too, as can overeating or under eating (such as occurs in eating disorders or drastic diets).

Oral Health And Diet
Under Nutrition & Over Nutrition

While the instances of under nutrition in the United States are relatively rare, when they do occur necessary vitamins in the mouth’s tissues are lost. Vitamins B, C and niacin, for example, are very important to oral health. Without these the tongue may swell or feel like it’s burning and a person’s taste buds don’t sense food properly.

Other possible effects from under nutrition include sores on the lips or inside the mouth, cavities, and bleeding gums. If a person doe not get enough calcium, they may also experience bone loss that leads to lose teeth and infected roots.

By comparison, an individual who consumes a lot of fats, sugars, acids and salts is also in danger of developing bad oral health. Bacteria feed on a variety of foods high in sugar or acid, and in turn can begin to wear away tooth enamel, which is the tooth’s main line of defense.

The unhealthy diet certainly impacts the rest of the body, sometimes causing weight gain, blood pressure fluctuations and increased cholesterol levels. All of these physical conditions can, over time, negatively impact oral health too.

In short, a diet that lacks various nutrients or one with too many of the wrong types of foods creates an unhealthy oral environment in which the mouth can’t resist infection effectively.

Good Diet: Good Teeth
Oral Health And Diet

In answering the question of how your diet affects oral health, you also should be asking what you can do to change eating patterns that could be harmful. In particular drink plenty of water and eat healthier. Choose low sugar snacks, and avoid sweet drinks and chewing overly hard foods like candy. 

Besides this, continue a solid regiment of brushing twice a day (with fluoride toothpaste), and flossing once a day to protect both your teeth and gums. Last but not least remember to see your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleaning.
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