While there’s no need to postpone adopting a healthy diet, March is the month when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to be particularly mindful of what they consume. The Academy has designated March to heighten public awareness of dietary choices.
What to Avoid
The academy emphasizes that the foods you consume directly impact your dental health, specifically in relation to tooth decay. Bacteria thrive on carbohydrates, which is why Dr. Sindledecker and Dr. Saltz, along with our team at Sindledecker Dentistry, advise patients to reduce their consumption of candies and sweets. These items contain simple sugars that nourish the bacteria in your mouth, contributing to tooth decay.
However, it’s the hidden sugars that can be detrimental. Make it a habit to read food labels and watch out for products with added sugar, including ingredients ending with the suffix “ose.” Nutritionally, these foods offer little beyond satisfying your sweet tooth.
What to Include
Opt for foods that not only taste good but also benefit your teeth. Dairy products, for instance, provide the body with nutrients that support tooth enamel. Protein-rich foods contain phosphorus, a crucial nutrient for oral health.
Adding color to your diet is a good approach as well. Fruits and vegetables create a vibrant plate and contribute to a healthy meal. Be cautious with acidic fruits like oranges or tomatoes, as their acid can erode tooth enamel. It’s better to include these foods as part of a meal rather than consuming them on their own.
Keep in mind that good nutrition should be a year-round concern, not just during National Nutrition Month. March simply serves as a lively reminder that maintaining a healthy diet is a proactive measure for managing your dental health.
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