Dental Health and Diet

Dental Health and Diet | Dentist Thornton

At Thornton Dental, we are dedicated to your overall health. We don’t just enhance your smile and improve your prevention program against dental diseases. We are also passionate about improving your diet and nutrition.

A healthy diet plays a crucial role in your dental health. You must have healthy eating habits, not just good oral hygiene habits, to ensure that your teeth and gums are in good condition. Eating healthy foods can help decrease the amount of tooth decay and the development of gum disease.

Nutrition and Dental Care

One of our dental services is to get to know your nutritional habits, food choices and supplementary practices. Our doctors will educate you on what foods to consume and avoid. Though most diet/health foods and beverages are good for your teeth, your Thornton dentist wants you to know that there are some choices that can negatively affect your oral health.

Foods that Promote and Prevent Tooth Decay

High potential for decay

  • Dried fruits
  • Hard and soft candies
  • Cakes and pies
  • Cookies
  • Crackers

Moderate potential for decay

  • Fruit juices
  • Sweetened canned fruit
  • Sugary drinks
  • Sports drinks
  • Breads

Low potential for decay

  • Raw vegetables
  • Raw fruits
  • Milk

Very low potential for decay

  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Fats
  • Oils

Prevents decay

  • Cheeses
  • Nuts
  • Xylitol

Diet Tips for your Dental Health

The Australian Dental Association recommends avoiding foods that are high in sugar content and other foods and beverages that can cause cavities. If you often consume these types of foods, then you should probably change your eating habits.

If you have special dietary requirements, you should talk to your dentist about the foods you need to consume for your oral and dental health. Here are some quick tips for a diet that’s good for your teeth and body:

  • Drink plenty of water instead of sugary beverages
  • Avoid sweet foods and snacks between meals
  • Choose snacks that don’t damage your teeth such as cheese, yogurt, and unsweetened breads and cereals
  • Eat foods high in fibre such as fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Try to eat a balanced diet that contains nutrients from every food group (whole grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy and protein)

Aside from eating a healthy diet, it is also essential to keep your teeth clean and free from plaque everyday. By combining these two healthy practices, you can live a healthier life that’s free from the threats of oral health diseases, pain, and discomforts.

Good Nutrition and Dental Care at Thornton Dental

Learn more about protecting your smile through diet. Visit your health partners at Thornton Dental. Our comprehensive dental care services are designed to improve your dental health and overall wellbeing. Our doctors will not only ensure that you have a healthy, white smile, but also a healthy body that’s fit and well-functioning, too.

Call us on (02) 4966 2996 or book your appointment online today!

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