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Eating Patterns and Food Choices Impact Oral Health

National Nutrition Month® is an appropriate time for the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) to remind residents how nutrition can impact oral health by asking Connecticut residents to think before they eat and drink. Eating habits have a direct impact on not only a person’s overall health, but oral health.

​March 17, 2014 -- National Nutrition Month® is an appropriate time for the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) to remind residents how nutrition can impact oral health by asking Connecticut residents to think before they eat and drink. Eating habits have a direct impact on not only a person’s overall health, but oral health. 

“Diets consisting of sugary foods and drinks, including juice and sports beverages, may cause tooth decay and gum disease, and increase a person’s risk of obesity and diabetes,” said Dr. Mark Desrosiers, CSDA President. “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthy and balanced eating is associated with reduced risk for many diseases, several of which are leading causes of death such as stroke, diabetes and heart disease.” 

A balanced diet ensures you get all the nutrients you need to promote your overall and oral health. If your diet lacks certain nutrients it may be harder for tissues in your mouth to resist infection, which can contribute to gum disease. Many researchers believe that severe gum disease progresses faster and is potentially more severe in individuals with poor nutrition. 

The CSDA recommends eating a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups, including: 

  • Whole grains 
  • Fruits 
  • Vegetables 
  • Lean protein such as skinless poultry and fish, dry beans, lean beef, peas and other legumes 
  • Low-fat and fat-free dairy foods 

“When a person eats is just as important as what a person eats,” said Dr. Desrosiers. “We suggest limiting between-meal snacking. If you are going to snack, we suggest choosing something healthy such as vegetables, fruit or a piece of cheese. However, if you do eat sweets, we recommend that they are eaten with a meal, as more saliva is produced, which rinses away the food and neutralizes acid.” 

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