When people in the Santa Maria area think of diet and oral health, they usually think about the damage sweet drinks can cause to teeth. While it’s true that these harmful sugars cause increased acidity in the mouth and lead to tooth decay, soda and sugary-fruit drinks are only part of the problem.
The typical American diet tends to be high in calories and low in nutrition, even here in San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach.
If your body is lacking in important nutrients, the tissues in the mouth may have trouble resisting infection. These detrimental infections can lead to gum disease.
A few years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled the MyPlate graphic to illustrate a healthy diet. Half of our meals should be composed of fruits and vegetables and the rest should be equally divided between lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.
While this is an excellent resource, critical dietary needs change throughout life, so it’s a good idea to call Deborah McNeil-Amorteguy DDS at 805-543-3016 and schedule a check-up with Doctor Deborah McNeil-Amorteguy to see if your diet is affecting your teeth.
When you eat a balanced diet and feel your best, you’ll want to look your best, so be sure to ask our Compassionate staff about innovative cosmetic dentistry procedures such as smile redesigns and same day restorations.
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