What we Eat, Effects our Teeth

Written by on May 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

Happy Spring Puget Sound, We are absolutely loving this spring and hope you all are too!!

In today’s blog post, we need to discuss the connection between healthy teeth and our diet. And, yes there is a connection, a big one!!

nutrition and oral health relatedA strong connection exists between the food people eat and their oral/dental health, according to an updated position paper from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, May 2013, Vol. 113:5, pp. 693-701).

“It is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that nutrition is an integral component of oral health,” wrote the authors, Riva Touger-Decker, RD, PhD, a professor and the department chair at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and Connie Mobley, PhD, the associate dean of research and a professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. “The academy supports integration of oral health with nutrition services, education, and research. Collaboration between dietetics practitioners and oral healthcare professionals is recommended for oral health promotion and disease prevention and intervention.”

According to this paper, dental decay “is the most prevalent, chronic, common, and transmissible infectious oral condition in humans.” Additionally, a person’s overall health is affected by tooth loss, because declining periodontal health can lead to diminished dietary quality because of lack of essential nutrients in a person’s diet. In other words, without teeth, we are forced to get away from the good foods our body needs and instead , we eat more refined foods that are terrible for us.

“As knowledge of the connection between oral and nutrition health increases, it highlights the importance of dietetics practitioners and oral healthcare professionals to provide screening, education, and referrals as part of comprehensive client/patient care,” the authors wrote.

Collaborative endeavors between dietetics and dentistry in research, education, and delineation of practice roles are needed to ensure comprehensive healthcare.

At Complete Dentistry , we strive to save teeth not only to maintain that movie star smile but also to allow all of you to chew nutrient rich food. We are big believers in health from out side in, meaning, healthy foods pay big dividends in over all health.
Without our healthy chompers , we can’t eat these foods!!!

Until next month, keep flossing

Dr Ryan Etue, DMD

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