Tooth decay and gum disease are the most common diseases you can develop if you neglect your oral health, but they can be improved by simply changing your diet! Poor diet isn’t directly linked to the cause of these diseases, however certain foods are linked to higher levels of cavity causing bacteria and researchers believe that the diseases progress faster and are more severe in patients whose diet isn’t nutritious.
In order to manage positive oral health, it is advised to maintain a well balanced diet. Choose foods from the five major food groups (with appropriate balance) such as fruits, vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products and meat, chicken or fish as well as avoiding diets that are high in fat. Another tip would be to always stay hydrated by drinking lots of water so your mouth isn’t dry. Saliva protects both hard and soft oral tissue and if you have a dry mouth make sure you have sugarless candy to stimulate saliva.
So eating a variety of foods as a part of a well balanced diet may not only improve your dental health but also increase the vitamin intake as a way to reduce risk of other diseases!
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