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How Your Diet Can Impact Your Overall Oral Health

Posted on 2/15/2020 by Rho Family Dentistry
How Your Diet Can Impact Your Overall Oral HealthYou have probably heard of the saying that you are what you eat. This statement holds true in more ways than one.

Your diet impacts your metabolism, your oral health, your immunity, and even your mental health. Diet has such a great impact on our overall well being that medicine has dedicated a whole department that works on and reviews diet patterns and diet contents.

The Direct Link between Diet and Oral Health

Diets that consist of predominantly sugary foods are likely to cause infections. This is because sugar attracts disease-causing organisms which may then find a niche in the oral cavity. Diets that contain whole foods and fruits work in the opposite way by nurturing a healthy mouth and clean gums.

Recent research has shown that raisins are good for their anti-bacterial properties. Certain foods also work to clean the teeth by themselves. Such foods include carrots. Diets that contain high sugar levels and are deficient in minerals and vitamins lead to immune dysfunction. When the immune system breaks down, there is an increased susceptibility to oral infections.

Certain conditions that relate to inappropriate diets such as diabetes are likely to cause oral diseases like thrush and gingivitis. Certain foods speed up the body's metabolism, these foods cause the teeth to be healthy.

The Best Diet for Overall Health

The perfect diet has to contain the appropriate nutrients in adequate amounts while containing the bad calories in limited amounts. High fiber foods boost the working ability of the teeth. High calcium foods are ideal for strengthening the teeth.

Ensure you avoid foods that have a high sugar and salt component. It is important to also avoid foods that are sticky because they create seeding sites for bacteria. If you are looking for a complete guide into the best diet for your oral health do not be afraid to call us or visit our website for more information.

Jeffrey J. Rho, DDS

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