There’s a phrase many experts throw out there that losing weight is 80 percent diet and 20 percent exercise. Heck, forget weight loss, diet is absolutely essential to healthy living period. Have you seen Supersize Me? Not sticking to a fairly decent diet can result in so many health issues, from weight and fatigue, to more serious problems like heart disease and diabetes. Diet also plays a major role in your overall oral health. In the dental world, poor diet can lead to a vicious cycle of problems.
Poor nutrition can lead to gum disease and cavities, which then can turn into periodontal disease, the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. Seeing that a diet consists of food, and food goes in your mouth, you can start to see the problem. People who are missing teeth or wear dentures tend to eat less fruits and vegetables, and have less nutritional diets overall. And thus, the cycle. They may have lost their teeth because of a poor diet, and it’s leading them to having an even poorer one.
Dentistry has come a long way, and lost teeth aren’t a death sentence for your carrot eating days. Dental implants now allow patients to replace lost teeth with new, fully functional teeth. Full mouth rehabs can be done, and denture patients can throw away that Poly Dent, opting for more permanent and stable solutions. But, keeping your oral health in check is a much easier, and less expensive option. Not to mention one of the top factors affecting ones quality of life.
So there’s no perfect list you should follow to ensure perfect oral health, but a good diet is a great start. Just remember that foods high in carbohydrates, sugars, and starches all contribute to the acids that break down your tooth enamel and should be moderated.
For some more detailed information, and the top 7 best foods for your teeth according to the Colgate Oral Care Center, check out the following article.