Other than the daily care of our teeth, the next most important factor in the health of your teeth is the foods you eat. Let's look into how what we choose to eat contributes to the condition of our teeth. Past research was insufficient, in that it primarily stressed the chemistry of nutrients in causing cavities, such as the effects of the type of food eaten and the initial effects of food while still in the mouth. Today, though, we see that other things can contribute to tooth decay, such as humanistic, social, and environmental considerations.
Here we hope to provide some important information so that you can take better care of your teeth. There's the possibility that such individuals may have to change what they eat and how it is prepared. Cultural practices and social influences affect the food habits of people - that is, the ways they have been taught to choose and eat their food. A person's characteristics and traits are shaped by many of the things we are exposed to from a very early age.
The first step in improving dietary habits is to first determine where our diet is defective; this can be done by taking the time to track what is being consumed and comparing this information to food guides. Food guides usually recommend foods from the following groups: fruits and vegetables, cereals and bread, meat, and milk. Teens and pre-teens have greater nutritional needs than adults, and we therefore would recommend 3 to 4 portions of dairy, 5-6 portions of fruits and vegetables, 2 portions of meat, and 5 to 6 portions of cereal and bread every day.
As they provide one of the quickest ways to deplete calcium in teeth, sucrose based desserts and snacks should be avoided. We would suggest that it may be well to appeal to the adolescents' esthetic senses perhaps improved complexion, improved physique through exercise and more proteins in diet, or perhaps greater mental ability due to dietary changes attributable to more protein, vitamins and minerals in the diet.
Food and beverages sweetened by sugar should be avoided. For older people, regular dental checkups are important to maintaining dental health. This becomes important since over half of the people over forty years of age get gum diseases.
In many cases, the appearance of gum disease can be a red flag that diabetes or another disease that has ans effect on the kidneys may be present. Gum disease may also be a warning that overall health is in decline. The gum disease pyorrhea is quite serious, and there is no known cure. It can be managed, however, with regular checkups and by following a plan of treatment. For this reason, twice-annual (or even more frequent) dental checkups are very important. When there are several nutritional deficiencies at the same time, infection can set in and Pyorrhea can occur. Tooth loss is the result of too little calcium.
Not having enough calcium or protein intake to the body, essential minerals deplete from the jawbones, which actually shrink in size. This makes the gums unable to fit properly around and support each tooth. The necessary removal of teeth, even though they may be decay free, can be attributed to the loss of bone structure and loosening of teeth once firmly held in place.
By consuming more of particular foods, we can help bolster the strength of the gum tissue that holds our teeth. The influence of food on our oral health is collateral. Many healthy foods high in protein should be incorporated into our diet (i.e., fish, chicken, beef, eggs, dairy products, beans). We need plenty of vitamin C (i.e., strawberries, oranges, orange juice, broccoli, grapefruit, grapefruit juice, tomatoes). We should also get ample vitamin D, as it aids in the absorption of calcium into the body.
Dental caries (or cavities) are said to be the result of lactic acids from bacterial enzymes left over from the breakdown of sugars. There will not be any decay in your teeth if these acids are counteracted by calcium-filled saliva. But you also need vitamin D in your diet, as your body cannot assimilate calcium if you do not get sufficient vitamin D, even though there may be plenty of calcium available.
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