When people in the Bartlett, Elgin, and St Charles areas think of diet and oral health, they probably think about the damage sweet drinks can cause to teeth. While it’s true that these sugars cause increased acidity in the mouth and lead to tooth decay, soda and sugary-fruit drinks are only part of the issue.
The typical American diet tends to be high in calories and low in nutrition, even here in Bartlett.
If your body is lacking in certain nutrients, the tissues in the mouth may have trouble resisting infection. These infections can lead to gum disease.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recently unveiled the MyPlate graphic to illustrate a healthy diet. Half of our meals should be composed of fruits and vegetables and the rest should be equally divided between lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.
While this is an excellent resource, dietary needs change throughout life, so it’s a good idea to call David Rice DDS at (406) 728-0896 and schedule a check-up with Dr. Rice to see if your diet is affecting your teeth.
When you eat a balanced diet and feel your best, you’ll want to look your best, so be sure to ask our friendly staff about the latest cosmetic dentistry procedures such as porcelain veneers, dental implants, and teeth whitening.
David Rice DDS – For Confident Smiles
1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1
Elgin, IL 60123