When people in the Moore area think of diet and oral health, they usually think about the damage sweet drinks can cause to teeth. While it’s true that these harmful sugars cause increased acidity in the mouth and lead to tooth decay, soda and sugary fruit drinks are only part of the dilemma.
The typical American diet tends to be high in calories and low in nutrition, even here in Oklahoma City and Edmond.
If your body is lacking in vital nutrients, the tissues in the mouth may have trouble resisting infection. These dangerous infections can lead to gum disease.
A few years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled the MyPlate graphic to illustrate a healthy diet. Half of our meals should be composed of fruits and vegetables and the rest should be equally divided between lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.
While this is an excellent resource, critical dietary needs change throughout life, so it’s a good idea to call OKC Smiles at 405-634-7303 and schedule a check-up with Dr. Mark Phan to see if your diet is affecting your teeth.
When you eat a balanced diet and feel your best, you’ll want to look your best, so be sure to ask our friendly staff about advanced cosmetic dentistry procedures such as smile makeovers and same day restorations.
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