When people in the Jefferson City area think of diet and oral health, they often 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 trouble.
The typical American diet tends to be high in calories and low in nutrition, even here in Jefferson City.
If your body is lacking in critical nutrients, the tissues in the mouth may have trouble resisting infection. These dangerous 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, essential dietary needs change throughout life, so it’s a good idea to call Jefferson City Dental Care at 573-634-2400 and schedule a check-up with Dr. Justin Johnson 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 friendly staff about state-of-the art cosmetic dentistry procedures such as smile redesigns and same day restorations.
At Jefferson City Dental Care, our menu of services includes crowns, veneers, inlays, onlays, dental implants, tooth colored fillings, sealants, teeth whitening, and clear braces.
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