Many people might be surprised when they hear about nutrition counseling that is associated with your dental care. But when you think about it, the foods we eat and the beverages we drink can have a huge impact on our overall health—and especially on oral health. The is why your Pike Creek dentist, Dr. Mark Gladnick, offers nutrition counseling to patients.
How What You Eat Can Derail Your Oral Health
If you are diligent about brushing and flossing, but you are still developing cavities or other issues every time you go to the dentist, it might be time to take a look at what you are putting in your mouth on a regular basis. A poor diet can contribute to poor oral health, including gum disease and tooth decay—even if you brush twice a day.
It’s also important to realize that it’s not only what you eat that can impact your oral health but when you eat it. If you brush your teeth in the morning when you get up and at night when you get ready for bed, what about all those hours in between? If you spend your afternoons snacking on junk food—including sweets or foods such as chips that are high in carbohydrates—you could be putting your oral health at risk.
When you eat foods that are high in sugar and carbs, these mix with the bacteria that is already present in your mouth. The result is an acid that literally eats away at the enamel of your teeth. If you brush your teeth every 16 hours or so, there is plenty of time for these acids to form and stay in your mouth.
Nutrition Counseling From Your Dentist
During a nutrition counseling session, Dr. Gladnick will provide you with better suggestions on snacks you can enjoy while still keeping your oral health on track. Fresh fruits and vegetables top the list—and your body will thank you for keeping those types of healthy snacks handy.
He will also make suggestions for what to do when you do indulge in something sweet or salty. Rinsing right afterward can help as can brushing your teeth about a half-hour or so after enjoying those foods or drinks.
Talk to Dr. Gladnick!
Talk to your dentist in Pike Creek, Dr. Gladnick, to keep your oral health and your overall health in good shape!