Nutrition is Vital Part of Oral Health

Written by Jeffery Platt on . Posted in Latest Posts

More emphasis needs to be placed upon trying to truly determine one’s oral health.

A paper titled “Oral Health and Nutrition” published on the Academy of Nutrition’s Web site,  backs up another paper that appeared in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics last year.

The paper stated that nutrition assessment is one of the keys to pinpointing dietary intake and other nutritional factors that could impact a person’s oral health. They stated that there needs to be more emphasis placed by dentists to stress the value of food choices to ensure that a person can maintain optimal oral health.

Certain guidelines like eating fresh fruit, vegetables and dairy intake like milk, cheese and sugar free yogurt can help to reduce cavities because there is no sugar in those products. It was also pointed out the importance to consume fewer foods that are considered high in acid. Fruit juices, soft drinks, sugar-sweetened beverages, energy drinks, pickled foods, sour candies, sports drinks and wine are high in acid and should be consumed sparingly in order to help acid levels remain low.

For additional help in these areas, a person should look for guidance from a registered dietitian.

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