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Omaha, NE 68134

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Eat Well. Brush Well. Live Well.

In honor of National Nutrition Month, I would like to remind our patients and readers the importance of good nutrition and how it affects your oral health.  When thinking about overall general health, many people don't usually include oral health in the equation. But the truth is they are both connected; your oral health can affect our general health, and your mouth also says a lot about our health and lifestyle.

We all have heard the saying you are what you eat.  Your diet and food choices will affect both your oral health and body. Diets that are high in carbohydrates and sugars will not only lead to many chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes, it will also cause plaque to build up on our teeth. Plaque contains bacteria which will cause cavities and gum disease. Periodontitis or gum disease is a serious gum infection.  According to an article on WebMD study shown people with serious gum disease were 40% more likely to have a chronic condition. Gums play an important role in our overall health.  Gums keep your teeth in place and strong, hence having strong and healthy gums is crucial.  And sometimes, depending on your diet and health, regular brushing and flossing may not be enough so keeping up with your dental appointment is important. 

In addition to good oral hygiene habit and keeping your dental appointment on track, consider including the following food in your diet that can boost the health of your teeth and gums: