Our mouth is the gateway to the rest of our body, so when we choose the foods we eat and the drinks we consume, it’s important to consider the impact our diet can have on our teeth and gums, as well as the rest of our body.Studies have shown a strong link between nutrition, oral health and overall health. In fact, according to a study published by the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, tooth decay “is the most prevalent, chronic, common and transmissible infectious oral condition in humans.” Furthermore, a person’s overall health can be affected by tooth loss, since “declining periodontal health” can lead to diminished dietary quality because of lack of essential nutrients in a person’s diet.In addition to practicing good oral hygiene and visiting the dentist regularly, it is crucial that a healthy diet be part of our lifestyle. This includes avoiding “bad” foods, as well as incorporating “good” foods into our meal plans.Foods to avoid
Good foods for oral health . . . and overall health
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