When people in Alaska 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 Alaska.
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 Excellence In Dentistry at (907) 349-0022 and schedule a check-up with Dr. Kirk Johnson 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 caring staff about the latest cosmetic dentistry procedures such as complete smile makeovers and same day restorations.
At Excellence In Dentistry, our menu of services includes porcelain crowns and veneers, TMJ treatment, dental implants, periodontal treatment, root canals, teeth whitening, and clear braces.