Introduction

Oral health is not only essential for one’s appearance, but also their overall health. Both cavities and gum disease may be linked to more serious ailments, infections, and disease. It is crucial that proper oral health is practiced. When focusing on oral health, nutrition plays a large role in the development and maintenance of strong gums and teeth.

This guide for anyone who is interested in improving their oral health. It describes the connection between oral health and nutrition. Although nutrition plays a significant role, there are a number of other factors that contribute to good oral health. Smoking for instance can create harmful effects, as well as lack of oral care (brushing one’s teeth, flossing, visiting dental professionals, etc.)

There are a wide variety of diet-related ailments and diseases, including tooth decay; which can be avoided through more positive lifestyle choices. Although tooth decay is extremely different from other diseases, such as cancer or heart disease in terms of its symptoms, these disease share common lifestyle factors.

When you are conscious about your diet, habits, and oral care, you can continually maintain good oral health; while allowing your children’s oral health to develop. Just as you care for your heart and lungs, it’s vital that you care for your teeth, gums, and mouth as well.

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What to Expect From This Guide

This guide provides advice regarding oral health, nutrition, and effective oral care practices. This information is based off of the general population, children under five are a core focus, as early intervention has both short and long-term benefits.

Although the young and elderly are vulnerable, advice is provided to individuals of all ages. While targeting the general population, advice is given regarding practical advice. Information on snacking and drinking between meals is an important topic, which is discussed in detail.

This guide DOES NOT provide more specific, clinical advice. There are groups within the general population that have medical conditions, specific dietary needs, as well as personal dental needs. If you are concerned with your health or have any specific questions, please address your concerns with a qualified professional.

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