Nutrition is Vital Part of Oral Health

Dentistry Today


More stress needs to be placed upon other aspects to truly determine one’s oral health.

The practice paper “Oral Health and Nutrition” has been published on the Academy of Nutrition’s Web site, which backs up the Academy’s paper that appeared in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics last year.

Based on the information from the paper, nutrition assessment is one of the keys to pinpointing dietary intake and other nutritional factors that could impact a person’s oral health. It’s also important for dentists to stress the value of food choices to ensure that a person can maintain optimal oral health.

There are certain foods and nutrition guidelines that can be followed to optimize one’s oral health.

Eating fresh fruit, vegetables and dairy food like milk, cheese and yogurt helps to reduce cavities because there is no sugar in those products.

It also helps to consume fewer foods that would be considered high in acid. Fruit juices, pickled foods, sour candies and wine also serve to lower the risk of dental erosion and cavities.

It’s crucial to consume to fewer sugar-sweetened beverages, like soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks and fruit drinks. This also helps to lower the risk of dental erosion and cavities.

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