The newsLINK Group - Nutritional Tips for Good Oral Health

Editorial Library Category: General Business | Dental | General Dentistry Topics: Dental, Teeth Health Title: Nutritional Tips for Good Oral Health Author: newsLINK Staff Synopsis: The best way for you and your family to eat a healthy, balanced diet is to eat moderate portions of a variety of good foods. There are five food groups to choose from (and no, contrary to popular opinion, chocolate isn’t one of them). Editorial: Nutritional Tips for Good Oral Health 4064 South Highland Drive, Millcreek, Utah 84124 │ thenewslinkgroup.com │ (v) 801.676.9722 │ (tf) 855.747.4003 │ (f) 801.742.5803 Editorial Library | © The newsLINK Group LLC 1 The best way for you and your family to eat a healthy, balanced diet is to eat moderate portions of a variety of good foods. There are five food groups to choose from (and no, contrary to popular opinion, chocolate isn’t one of them). The foundation of your diet should be vegetables, with a couple of servings of fruit per day. You can also eat breads, cereals, and grains, with an emphasis on whole grains as much as possible. Protein includes meat, poultry, fish, and beans. The final group is dairy, which consists of milk, eggs, cheese, and yogurt. In addition to the food groups, you should also be drinking plenty of water. You’ll feel better, it will keep your mouth moist, and it will help get rid of loose food particles when you’ve eaten but can’t brush your teeth. If you feel like you just can’t live without the occasional soda, drink it at mealtimes, use a straw, and drink it all at once instead of sipping it continuously over a long period of time. You will do less harm to your teeth. Many people find it helpful to keep track of their food choices, even if it is only for a week. Write down what you eat or drink; be particularly careful to write down anything that has sugar in it. Go to mypyramid.gov, which has food pyramid recommendations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and compare what you eat against what you should be eating. You can’t walk into a bookstore or even a grocery store without seeing a wide variety of books suggesting fad diets, but avoid any diet that asks you to limit or get rid of an entire food group. Eating too narrowly can cause you to develop vitamin or mineral deficiencies. Don’t eat a lot of snacks between meals. Every time you eat a food that has sugar in it, the bacteria in your mouth will eat the sugar and create acid byproducts. The acids will attack your teeth for at least 20 minutes (unless, of course, you can brush your teeth immediately). If you eat foods that have free sugars in them, don’t eat them more than four times every day. The best foods for snacking are the ones that don’t have a lot of sugar and don’t stick to your teeth. Good choices include raw vegetables, fruit, nuts, cheese, and plain yogurt. Some carbohydrates, like crackers, chips, and cookies, can ferment. You can neutralize the acids in your mouth and slow down tooth decay just by eating them as part of a meal instead of eating them alone. Sources: “The effect of diet and nutrition on oral health,” by Nayda Rondon, no date, article emailed to me by Sophie Word Count: 437 Copyscape Clear Date: 12.15.2014

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