Dental Problems and Poor Nutrition: Understanding the Connection By Bruce Wilderman on October 29, 2015

An older woman with an appleHere at Artistic Expressions Dentistry, Dr. Bruce Wilderman always strives to empower his patients through education and tips for prevention. This is what has helped make the practice one of the leader in general dentistry in the Philadelphia area.

A good diet can make a major different when it comes to your health and well-being. Let's go over some basic dietary and nutrition concerns that apply to a healthy and beautiful smile.

Poor Diet Means a Greater Chance of Dental Health Problems

When you are not eating well or do not have a well-balanced diet, this can have a negative impact on your overall dental health. While deficiencies in calcium and iron can lead to serious general wellness issues and problems with healthy and beautiful teeth, there are more serious matters to keep in mind as well.

For one, a poor diet can make diabetes more likely, which means an increased risk of tooth decay, gum disease, dry mouth, and thrush. In addition, eating foods that are bad for you can lead to tooth damage and gum problems. That's why it's important to take dietary matters seriously.

Limit Your Intake of Soda

The carbonation from soft drinks can make acidic dental erosion more likely. This means the weakening of the enamel layer of the teeth, which affects the strength and the aesthetics of the teeth. Be sure to drink soda only every now and then to preserve the health of your smile.

Avoid Snacking on Sugary Junk Food

The oral bacteria in your mouth that causes tooth decay loves to feed on sugars and processed carbohydrates. Junk food and candy contain these substances, and so it's important to be careful of your intake of these types of foods. Have sugary foods as treats and find healthier alternatives if you're looking for a snack.

Certain Foods and Beverages Can Cause Tooth Discoloration

There are many foods and beverages that can cause tooth discoloration and stains. In particular, coffee, tea, and red wine can lead to significant staining over time. Food to be wary of include beets, curries, carrots, and berries.

Be mindful of these foods and beverages and how much you consume them if you want to have teeth that are bright and white.

A Balanced Diet Is Always Ideal

The best way to have a healthy smile and good overall wellness is to eat a balanced diet that is rich in fresh vegetables and fruits. Make sure you're getting your daily allowances of vitamins and minerals in your diet, and do your best to avoid high-fat foods. Limiting your consumption of meat is also a good idea to consider for better health and wellness overall.

Drink Water to Stay Hydrated

If you're thirsty and looking to stay hydrated, your best bet is to drink water throughout the day. Water will help quench your thirst, keep your mouth moist, and remove food particles from your teeth.

Good Oral Hygiene and Good Eating Habits Mean Better Dental Health

In addition to eating right, be sure to brush and floss regularly. Eating healthy, brushing and flossing daily, and staying in the best shape possible is a great way to have lasting health for the long run.

Learn More About Your Diet and Dental Health

To learn more about the connection between poor diet and your dental health, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Bruce Wilderman and the entire team at the practice look forward to your visit and helping you achieve excellent dental health.

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Artistic Expressions Dentistry

Dr. Bruce Wilderman has been providing comprehensive cosmetic dentistry services since 1986. By combining a true sense of artistry with state-of-the-art technology, he can provide stunning results. At Artistic Expressions Dentistry, we are proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

For more information about our services, contact our practice online or call (215) 340-1199 today.

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