A healthy diet is essential for dental health. It will support healthy immune function to fight gum disease and tooth decay. We encourage all of our patients to follow these simple guidelines.
The health of the oral cavity—teeth (bones), gums (collagen-based tissue), and lining (mucous membranes)—is a microcosm that reflects overall health. If our bones are not healthy, our teeth will suffer. If we are nutrient deficient, our gums and mucosa will suffer. Even the health of our immune system is reflected in the state of our gums. We are constantly bombarded by bacteria in our mouths. If our immune and anti-oxidant systems are not up to the task, we will get gum disease or periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease affects your entire body and increases your risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, lung disease, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, and oral and pancreatic cancer. The negative influence is hugely significant. An unhealthy mouth makes a heart attack twice as likely. You are three times as likely to suffer a stroke, four times as likely to experience dementia in your lifetime, and seven times as likely to experience problems with your pregnancy if you have gum disease when you are pregnant. These are all game changers. It is estimated that a healthy mouth will add 6-10 years to your life and quality years! Knowledge is power and your health is truly your ultimate source of wealth.
A whole foods, nutrient dense diet provides the underlying strength every person needs to be happy and healthy. Why? Because whole foods provide an abundance of nutrients and energy that processed, packaged and refined foods, such as white sugar, white rice, white flour, packaged crackers and cereals simply cannot. To make white flour, for instance, the germ and the hull are removed from the whole grain wheat, which eliminates most of the vitamins and minerals. What you have left is a source of carbohydrates without the nutrients that help with digestion and other functions of the body. Even though you get a certain number of calories from eating products made with white flour, they end up depleting the body of needed nutrients.
A whole foods diet includes whole grains, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and proteins. Studies have linked high intakes of fruits and vegetables with greater oral health as well as lower levels of oral cancer. Below you will find a list of good whole foods to try: