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HOLISTIC CARE

 

NUTRITION AND ORAL HEALTH
Good nutrition is a vital aspect of Dr. Minadeo-Fox’s healthy mouth, healthy body philosophy—and that’s why our office has a nutritional expert on staff. Eating the right foods will not only to improve your dental wellbeing, but also your overall wellbeing, too.

Nutritional factors are implicated in many oral systemic diseases and conditions such as hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, dyslexia, cardiovascular disease, dental caries, and oral cancer sores. Nutrition is recognized as a key element in the prevention of health disorders and management of pathological states of atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, and infectious diseases.

According to Dr. Minadeo-Fox, nutrition isn’t just about eating Special K, string cheese, and 100-calorie snack packs. Learning how to eat well and support your health with good nutrition requires changes in your daily eating habits. Going for healthy snacks and using good recipes to make nutritious and delicious meals will support your oral health efforts. Dr. Minadeo-Fox has a passion for healthy living, and knows from firsthand experience how changing what you eat can change your whole life!

Nutritional deficiencies can severely impact your oral health, which then negatively affects your overall health. Our holistic approach to dental care is with consideration for the body as a whole, functioning system. What you eat is an integral part of your good oral health. A lack of calcium, for instance, can lead to the breakdown of healthy teeth. Consider the following nutrition and oral health facts:

  • The World Health Organization  states that a healthy diet can help prevent oral cancer. In particular, WHO suggests eating fresh yellow-green fruits and vegetables and vitamin A, C, and E supplements because these are very beneficial in oral cancer prevention. WHO also recommends the limitation of acidic beverages, such as juices and soft drinks, to minimize dental erosion.
  • The American Dietetic Association recommends fully the integration of oral health with nutrition services, education, and research. The ADA acknowledges that malnutrition contributes to gum disease, and it also states  that “scientific and epidemiological data suggest a lifelong synergy between nutrition and the integrity of the oral cavity in health and disease.”
  • The American Academy of Dentistry  warns against snacking on sweet, sticky foods that cling to your teeth and promote decay—such as cake and cookies. Snacks that better support your health are nuts, raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese, and sugarless gum.
  • The Colgate Oral and Dental Health Resource Center has an excellent article called “Mouth-Healthy Eating.”  Did you know that eating aged cheese as the last morsel of your meal buffers the effect acids have on your enamel? And Xylitol, a natural sweetener, has been shown to reduce the bacteria in your mouth. Read the article.
  • In Prevention Magazine’s “Eat for a Beautiful Smile,”  it states people seeking to improve oral health should increase their intake of black and green teas. These teas contain polyphenols, an antioxidant plant compound that prevents plaque. An associate dean of the Chicago College of Dentistry is also quoted saying that tea may also reduce the potential for bad breath.

Our Cleveland dental practice offers an on-staff nutritional expert as part of our comprehensive holistic dental services. Get the smile care you and your family deserve.  Schedule an appointment with Dr. Minadeo-Fox!

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