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Proper Nutrition is Key to Maintaining Optimum Oral Health

Maintain Optimum Oral Health Through Proper Nutrition

Proper nutrition is important in the maintenance of your oral health, which means eating a well-balanced diet so that your body can get the essential nutrients needed for good health.  The foods that you choose to eat provide the building blocks needed for renewing your body and this includes your mouth.  If your diet is low in the nutrients that your body needs, your mouth may have a more difficult time resisting infection.Oral Health
 
In addition to nutritional deficiencies that may weaken your immune system, you can also harm your teeth and gums by eating the wrong types of food. The foods that you choose to eat come into contact with various germs and bacteria that live in your mouth.  If you do not properly brush your teeth, plaque will accumulate on your teeth.  Plaque thrives on the starches and sugars that are found in a great deal of foods, which when combined together create an acid that attacks the enamel on your teeth, eventually causing decay.  According to the American Dental Association, acid that is created attacks your teeth for 20 minutes or more.
 

Dr. Zatarain Says: Choose a Healthy Diet

You can improve your oral health and reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease by eating a well-balanced diet based on the well-known food pyramid.  It is recommended that eating a variety of foods from the five major food groups – grains, fruit, vegetables, milk and meat – are highly important.  Vitamin and mineral supplements can also help in the preservation of periodontal health in addition to the boosting of overall health and well-being. Dr. Zatarain, your Reno general dentist, and your family physician can help you determine a healthy diet for your needs.
 
By eating in moderation and variety you can develop eating habits that follow the recommendations of various reputable health organizations to protect your oral health as well as your overall health.  Avoid fad diets that limit or eliminate entire food groups, which results in vitamin or mineral deficiencies.  Always keep your mouth moist by drinking water because your saliva protects both hard and soft oral tissues.  When you have a dry mouth, substitute your diet with sugarless candy or gum to stimulate your saliva. 
 
Additionally, avoid foods that cling to your teeth, which promote tooth decay.  When snacking, avoid soft, sweet, sticky foods such as cakes, candy and dried fruits.  Substitute these snacks with tooth friendly foods such as nuts, raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese and sugarless gum or candy.  
 
Contact Dr. George Zatarain, your North West Reno dentist, at Z Dentistry today for advice on proper nutrition. Protect your mouth beginning with proper nutrition and dieting.  
 
What are some of your healthy eats that keep your teeth and overall health in top shape? 

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