Favorite-Foods Topic Isn’t Dental Small Talk

Nutrition’s effect on oral health raises concerns about what happens to teeth

FREEHOLD, N.J. – Don’t be surprised if a dental visit includes some mention of nutrition.

Oakwood Dental Arts in Freehold says food plays a role not only in overall health but also in oral health.

It’s a fact that dietary intake and nutritional matters that may affect a person’s oral health.

Oakwood, therefore, notes the importance of food choices to help optimize oral health because food intake can affect a healthy mouth.

For example, consuming fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy foods such as milk, cheese and yogurt without added sugar helps reduce an individual’s risk of cavities.

Moreover, cutting down on foods that are high in acid – such as fruit juices, pickled foods, sour candies, citrus fruits and wine – may decrease an individual’s risk of dental erosion and cavities.

Eating fewer sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks and fruit drinks may also decrease a person’s risk of dental erosion and cavities.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has cited these considerations as recommendations for health promotion, disease prevention and intervention.

There are multifaceted interactions between diet, nutrition and oral health in practice, education, and research in both dietetics and dentistry, the Academy notes.

When an appointment at Oakwood Dental Arts turns to the subject of snacks or what’s for lunch or dinner, the dentistry practice is more pointedly concerned with the science of healthy teeth and gums than with small talk.

About Oakwood Dental Arts

Oakwood Dental Arts is a full-service practice featuring seasoned dentists with a wide range of expertise, from general practice and cosmetic procedures to oral surgery, dental implants, dentures and emergency dental care.

Backed by a team of general dentists, periodontists, orthodontists, oral surgeons and endodontists, Oakwood Dental Arts is conveniently located in Freehold Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey (732-414-2683), with additional offices in the Staten Island, New York communities of Oakwood Heights (718-979-2121) and Tottenville (718-356-9800).