January 6, 2019
One of the most common new year resolutions people make centers around overall health. Losing weight and eating better not only make it easier for you to fit into that outfit you’ve been eyeing in the shop window, but also reduce your risk for debilitating disease. But did you know that by improving your diet can also improve your oral health? Additionally, healthy dental habits in Plano can reduce your risk for dental disease known to carry links to more serious illnesses.
Sugar and Its Effects On Oral and Overall Health
It is true that oral care and routine dental appointments are important to long-term oral health. But what many people don’t stop to think about is how diet also plays a major role, especially considering the fact that diet is a major contributor to plaque development.
Take sugar for instance. Sugar is widely considered to be one of the worst ingredients to consume if you’re trying to lose weight. Reducing your sugar intake is a great place to start if you want to shave off a couple pounds by the new year.
Sugar also plays a major role in plaque development because it’s what bacteria consumes in order to create plaque acids. Plaque gives bacteria space to grow, develop and break down tooth enamel, therefore exposing your mouth to more sugar is only going to allow plaque to develop and spread more quickly. Keep in mind that when it comes to your oral health, the amount of time sugar stays in your mouth is a larger contributing factor than the amount you consume in a given period of time.
Maintain a Balanced Diet, Keep Plaque at Bay
While many people swear by their new exercise routine for helping them lose weight, weight loss cannot truly begin until major changes to diet occur. Health experts claim that losing weight is about 75 percent focused on diet and 25 percent focused on exercise. They both matter, but diet plays a larger role when it comes to weight loss.
Of course, keeping a diet of vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy products, rich protein and hearty grains doesn’t only improve your chances of losing weight. It also works to promote healthy gums, keep your tooth enamel and bone tissue strong, lower the acidity of your mouth (which directly contributes to plaque production) and scrub away loose food debris that harbors bacteria.
Confirm Your Oral Health Status with a Dentist in Plano!
Dental visits are largely meant to confirm the current health status of your teeth, gums and oral structures. They also provide dental cleanings, which reduce your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. However, dentists are fully capable of confirming other aspects of your overall health as well. They can catch the early signs of many different diseases, including:
- Heart disease
- Acid reflux
- Crohn’s disease
Furthermore, dental cleanings reduce your risk of serious conditions like heart disease, which is known for carrying a link to gum disease.
By making subtle improvements to your diet, you’re doing both your oral and overall health big favors. Schedule an appointment with a dentist today and learn how your resolution is making a difference!
About the Author
Dr. Christopher Pollard earned his DDS degree from the Baylor College of Dentistry. Today, he works hard to stay informed on the latest advancements in dentistry and helping patients achieve whole-body wellness through dentistry and improved at-home habits. To learn more about his practice, you can contact him through his website.
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