Improving Your Oral Health Through Nutrition and Preventative Measures

oral health guide

Contents

1. Diet and Nutrition

What should my meals include? Vitamins and minerals which impact oral health.

2. How Is Diet Linked to Tooth Decay?

Sugars, non-milk extrinsic sugars, acidic food items, foods that prevent tooth decay.

3. Other Critical Risk Factors

Smoking, Being overweight, Chronic stress.

4. Snacking and Oral Health

Fruits and vegetables, milk and dairy food, grains and starchy foods, drinks (non dairy).

5. Oral Health, Gum Disease, and Related Complications

How poor oral health affects various organs and systems (Heart disease, Lung disease, Diabetes, Pregnancy)

6. Oral Health Advice

Flossing and toothbrushing tips,Brushing baby teeth, Positioning a child for regular toothbrushing, Brushing toddlers teeth.

7. Preventative Measures

Home care, Dental exams, Having teeth professionally cleaned.

8. Preventing and Eliminating Stains

Foods that stain, Other causes of stains, Removing stains, Fluoride.

9. Ten Tips For Children Under Five Years of Age

10. Glossary

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.

What to Expect From This Guide

This guide provides advice regarding oral health, nutrition, and effective oral care practices.

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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