Diet and Oral Health
The Link Between Diet and Dental Health
We all know the link between food and bodily health. But the foods you eat also affect your dental health.
If your diet is filled with sugary beverages and food, you are at a higher risk of developing tooth decay. Tooth decay happens when plaque mixes with sugar and causes acid to attack the teeth. Any food or drink that contains sugar can contribute to tooth decay. For children, especially, fruit juices are filled with sugar, so their consumption should be limited.
Gum disease is another common dental problem that can lead to infection and loss of teeth. Poor nutrition and lifestyle choices contribute to gum disease. When your body lacks certain nutrients, it becomes more difficult for the tissues in your mouth to stave off infection.
For good dental health, nutritionists recommend that you:
- Drink plenty of water.
- Eat a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups, including:
- Whole grains
- Lean protein: lean beef, skinless poultry and fish, dry beans, peas, and other legumes
- Dairy: low-fat and fat-free