Nutritional Habits and Periodontal Disease
Our nutrition plays an important role in our oral health status, just like it does in the health of the rest of your body. Optimal oral health through good nutritional choices supports both your dental and physical make-up.
How Does Nutrition Affect the Gums?
A body that lacks the proper nutritional elements is not capable of fighting infection. It prioritizes regulating its daily functions based on available fuel. When presented with the challenge of infection, your body will be less likely to succeed in fighting off gum disease.
Nutritional Habits to Avoid
It’s common sense to avoid food that gets stuck in your teeth, especially if we don’t have access to floss and a toothbrush. Regularly chomping on hard candies, starchy potato chips, and taffies will leave stubborn food deposits in and around the molars. It’s important to understand the risks associated with these nutritionally defunct foods, especially considering these are common binge-snacks.
Avoid nutritional inequality. A nutrient-rich diet is balanced, and not oversaturated with one or more elements. Dieters especially tend to rely heavily on certain foods to keep themselves feeling sated. While this can give you weight loss results, it will put your body at a disadvantage as it lacks the nutritional variety required to thrive.
Make Good Nutritional Choices for Healthy Gums
Be sure to eat a varied diet, rich in fruits and vegetables. Consider investing in a good multivitamin after discussing your dietary needs with your doctor. Keep in mind that although supplements are certainly helpful, they are not to be relied upon. Instead, eat a varied diet characterized by whole foods, healthy grains, and lots of water.
If you’ve never been a fan of vegetables, microwavable mixes are a great way to begin incorporating vegetables in your diet. Usually, these convenient options come pre-seasoned or with a tasty sauce. Try a wide variety to discover your preferences and include these new-found favorites in your recipes.
Dr. David Kaffey provides excellent periodontal care at his Lansdale dental practice. Patients choose Leading Dental Solutions for our gentle chairside manner and advanced treatment methods. Call us today for a complete evaluation and tips to maintaining your best oral health!