How nutrition affects your oral health

Eating a proper diet is essential for maintaining good overall health and wellness, but did you know that it can also have a link to your oral health? Many patients who visit DeStefano Dentistry ask our team about ways to keep the smile healthy, and nutrition is an important part. Our team is here to help individuals in the area of Pittsford, NY to achieve their smile goals.

How does your diet impact your teeth?

There are different types of food that can cause problems for the natural smile. Of course, brushing and flossing after every meal can allow you to enjoy some of these foods (and beverages) in moderation while protecting the smile.

Here are a few recommendations from our team to encourage a healthy smile:

  • Limit drinks high in sugar, such as soft drinks and juices
  • Limit snacking between meals, unless you are brushing and flossing afterwards
  • Avoid mints, hard candies, and other foods that have sugar
  • Only chew gum that is sugar-free
  • Avoid highly acidic foods, such as citrus fruits, which can increase acid levels in the mouth and contribute to cavity formation
  • Brush the teeth after every meal to remove destructive acids, and floss at least once a day
  • Talk to your dentist as soon as problems arise to learn the cause of these issues and prevent them in the future

What about periodontal disease?

There is another way in which your smile can impact the body. This is through the oral-systemic connection. Patients who have periodontal disease have an infection in their oral cavity. This infection enters the bloodstream and impacts other parts of the body. This spreads infection and inflammation to other organs, and can significantly increase a patient’s risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems.

Interested in learning more about the link between nutrition and dental health?

Contact the team of professionals at DeStefano Dentistry to learn more about the advantages of consuming a proper diet for the health of your smile! The office is located at 600 Kreag Road in Pittsford, NY and can be reached by phone at (585) 248-2383.

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