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National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month
Posted on 03/13/2017
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Achieve Dental Health Through a Proper Diet

Here at Show Your Grin Dental, March is one of our favorite months. Why? Because March is National Nutrition Month, and while this may not seem to be an important month for a dentist at first, in reality, it's a very important cause for dental health. While you likely know that nutrition affects your bodily health, what you may not know is that it also has an important effect on your dental health – which is why National Nutrition Month is so important for us.

Eating Healthy for a Better Smile

In addition to daily brushing and flossing, monitoring your diet is an important part of your oral hygiene regimen – and certain foods are much better for teeth than others. This is because when bacteria interact with the sugars and carbohydrates in the food, they break them down to create corrosive acids that eat away at tooth enamel. Over time, these acids can wear through the enamel, forming a cavity and progressing into more serious dental decay. For this reason, dieting has a significant impact on the health of your smile. This is especially true in children because baby teeth are less resistant to decay than adult teeth – but they're still vitally important to a child's dental development.

To protect the health of your teeth, opt for a healthy, balanced diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy, steering clear of sugary or carbohydrate-rich foods. Fruits and vegetables are naturally low in sugar, and chewing them can have the effect of "scraping" your teeth clean, while low-fat dairy contains calcium, which promotes the health and strength of your teeth.

Contact Your Olathe, KS Family Dentist

This March, we hope you take National Nutrition Month as a time to think critically about your diet and dental health, then make changes to eat what promotes the health of your teeth. As always, if you have questions about how to eat for your smile or want to talk about your dental health more generally, we are always happy to speak with you. Feel free to call us at 913-469-8019 with any questions, reach out to us at our contact page, or if you'd like to come in for an appointment, you may request one online at our Olathe, KS office. We are very excited to hear from you and we look forward to providing you and your family with high-quality dental treatment.