Your mouth is an important part of your body, and your oral health and overall health are very closely connected. What affects one will usually affect the other. Our dentist, Dr. Eric Xu, can talk with you about all of the things you can do to keep your smile healthy, which includes lifestyle and dietary choices. If you are interested in learning more about whole-body wellness in Olympia, Washington, contact our team at Pacific Northwest Dental at 360-995-0025.

Your nutrition not only affects your overall health but has a powerful effect on your oral health as well. For example, too much sugar can increase the risk of tooth decay, and a lack of proper nutrition has been linked to an increased risk of developing oral cancer, defects in the tooth enamel and periodontal disease. Other deficiencies in nutrition can change the levels of bacteria in your mouth, increase the acidity in your mouth and cause a greater buildup of plaque on your teeth.

However, there are also many nutrients that work to keep your teeth and gums healthier and protect against infection and disease. Vitamin A aids in tooth formation, while vitamin B helps keep your teeth, gums and tongue functioning properly.

Each person has a unique metabolism, and the nutrients in certain foods may benefit you more than nutrients in other foods. Our dentist will review your current diet and oral health with you to determine the type of diet and nutrients that will be most beneficial for you, as well as any changes to your eating habits and routines that you may need to make.

There are also a few basic steps you can take to maintain good oral health:

  • Read food labels
  • Limit your intake of foods high in sugars and carbohydrates
  • Eat fresh foods and vegetables
  • Limit your intake of sugary drinks and drink more water
  • Eat foods that are high in calcium and phosphorus
  • Brush after every meal and floss daily

To learn more about nutrition and home care and make your appointment with our dentist, please contact our office today.