National Nutrition Month: How Your Diet Affects Your Oral Health

March means it’s National Nutrition Month! How can you celebrate this event? It’s simple and easy—make wise decisions in your eating habits to benefit your health. National Nutrition Month was created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with a world vision where all people thrive through the transformative power of food and nutrition.

But did you know that your diet affects your oral health, too? The foods you choose to eat and how often you eat them affects the health of your teeth and gums. If your diet consists of too much sugar, including sodas, sweet treats and processed snacks, you could be at risk for tooth decay. Foods high in carbohydrates and starches also contribute to plaque acid that attacks tooth enamel. According to the American Dental Association, tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease—but it’s completely avoidable!

An easy way to be mindful of the foods you put in your body is to check the nutrition labels at the grocery store. Selecting snacks that are low in sugar can help combat tooth decay. If poor nutrition continues, your oral health will continue to decline potentially resulting in gum disease and even tooth loss. Instilling children with healthy eating habits places them on the right path for a balanced diet and positive oral health!

To maintain a balanced and healthy diet, eating a variety of foods from the five food groups is critical. Limiting your snack intake is also a good idea. We know it’s hard to resist your inner sweet tooth, and we’re not saying you should never indulge in treats. But when you do, brushing your teeth as quickly as possible afterwards will help remove the sugar from your teeth and decrease the risk of decay.

Taking proper care of your teeth from a young age will help you achieve a healthy, white smile well into adulthood. Here a few simple steps to take each day to accomplish this goal:

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss daily
  • Regularly visit a dentist for professional cleanings

Making wise decisions with your eating habits will pay ample dividends in the long-term. Not only will you see the benefits in your everyday life with more energy, better sleep, and improved overall health but your smile will stay healthy and white for a lifetime! For more information on us, please visit our website.