Maintaining excellent oral hygiene and excellent overall health involves good oral hygiene, routine care, and making the right nutritional choices. At the office of Fort Des Moines Dental, we emphasize all aspects of preventive care and strive to provide your family with the educational tools needed for establishing healthy daily habits. As part of our comprehensive preventive program, our Des Moines dental office provides your family with helpful nutritional information for preventing oral health problems.
Your mouth is where digestion begins; your teeth break down the foods you eat and nutrients begin to absorb as soon as they enter your mouth. Maintaining healthy teeth makes it possible to enjoy a varied, nutritious diet, which is vital to your overall health and sense of wellbeing. What you eat also has a direct impact on the health of your teeth and gums. By limiting your intake of sugary foods and beverages, along with brushing, flossing and periodic checkups at our Des Moines dental office, you can help protect your teeth from tooth decay and gum disease. That’s because, dental disease is caused by plaque, which is a sticky film that harbors bacteria that metabolize sugar; making by-products that are harmful to your teeth and gums. By choosing water and milk over juice, sugars and sweetened coffee, you can help keep your smile cavity-free. Foods that are rich in the vitamins C and D and the minerals calcium and phosphorus also help improve dental health. Snacking on crunchy fruits, vegetables and nuts aids saliva production to help cleanse your teeth. Incorporating antioxidants and probiotics into your diet can reduce inflammation and fight bacteria to prevent periodontal disease and keep the tissues of the mouth healthy.
At the office of Fort Des Moines Dental, we make checkups an informative experience for your whole family. Our Des Moines dental office focuses on preventive care and provides important treatments as well as useful guidance to keep your smiles healthy and beautiful. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call today.