Dr. Conner's Newsletter
Partners In Health
Good nutrition and dental wellness go hand-in-hand.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are key components in a healthy diet - for overall well-being and for good dental health - along with whole-grain breads and cereals, low-fat dairy products, lean meats, and fish. Foods containing protein, such as peanuts and beans to name a couple, can be added to the daily mix for variety.
Good oral hygiene is a must as well. Brushing thoroughly twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, flossing daily, drinking plenty of water, and regular dental checkups are vital to maintaining good dental health.
If gum disease and tooth decay are permitted to gain a foothold, tooth loss may be the result. Individuals who experience tooth loss may find chewing certain foods difficult, therefore they eliminate them from their diets. Quality of nutritional intake and enjoyment of meals may be greatly diminished with tooth loss as well, which will impact oral health and overall health.
To enjoy better oral health throughout your life, it's important to heed the connection between nutrition and dental care. Talk to us about ways to enhance your relationship for an overall healthier you.
Research has shown that women who have periodontal disease while pregnant are more likely to give birth to babies weighing less than 5.5 pounds or who are born 3 weeks prior to term. Babies are also more likely to suffer developmental delays and certain health problems.
Daily flossing is a woman's first defense against periodontal disease, an ailment that first manifests itself as swollen gums that may bleed during tooth brushing. Left untreated periodontal disease can progress to destroy the bone underlying the gums. Since teeth have no place to anchor, they fall out.
Babies who have low birth weight are more likely to experience learning disabilities and problems with social skills. Babies who arrive too early may struggle with respiratory or digestive issues, or suffer from vision or hearing problems.
Any pregnant woman who is concerned about her health and her baby's health should make good oral care, including daily brushing and flossing and regular dental visits, part of their prenatal regimen. Monitoring a mother's periodontal health could mean giving a baby a healthier overall start.