In the fitness world, it is generally thought that diet is 75% of losing weight, with only 25% of weight loss coming from exercise. However, gaining weight is not the only thing that a poor diet affects. Your oral health can greatly suffer at the hands of a bad diet. Learn more about how your diet affects your oral health with Dr. Jason G. Campbell, DDS at Seaside Dentistry in Virginia Beach, VA.
What does a poor diet do to my teeth?
Nutrition has an effect on your entire body, including your mouth. Eating poorly diminishes the strength of your immune system, causing the body to work harder to take care of health issues. A compromised immune system puts a person at risk for tooth decay and gum disease. A diet high in carbohydrates and sugars can also cause major issues. These elements feed the mouth’s natural bacteria, causing plaque which, eventually, grows into tooth decay. An important part of a nutritional diet is to keep your meals well-balanced.
How should I keep my teeth healthy between dental visits?
Your at-home oral care routine plays a huge role in your overall dental health. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day. Breaking up your mouth into quadrants and focusing on each quarter for 30 seconds may help you time your brushing. Floss at least once a day, using a new strand of floss for each quarter of your mouth to cut down on bacteria transfer throughout the mouth.
Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Virginia Beach, VA
Just as important as your at-home oral care routine is a commitment to regular dental examinations and cleanings at your dentist’s office. Bi-annual dental examinations give your Virginia Beach, VA dentist a chance to find and treat any problems like cavities or fractures early. Regular cleanings give your teeth a clean slate and prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
For more information on keeping your teeth healthy and avoiding tooth decay and gum disease, please contact Dr. Jason G. Campbell, DDS at Seaside Dentistry in Virginia Beach, VA. Call (757) 689-4363 to schedule your appointment for a regular dental examination and cleaning with Dr. Campbell today!