Unlike most Chicago Pediatric Dentists, we emphasize of importance on the nutrition for children and adults. We incorporate healthy eating tips into each exam and consultation. Nutrition plays a large role on the proper development of teeth, and contributes to the overall health of our patients. Many may not relate nutrition with dental health, but a healthy diet affects the entire body. Food enters the body through the mouth, and since our teeth are porous and our saliva has bacteria in it, the food we eat interacts with our mouths and affects not only our bodies, but our teeth and gums.
Healthy eating and snacking habits are important to dental health because the most common dental problem, plaque build-up, is preventable by cutting out certain foods and regulating others. Plaque, an opaque build up that accumulates on teeth near the gum-line, thrives on starches and sugars commonly found in sweets and snack foods. The interaction between the bacteria in your mouth and sugars and starches promotes plaque growth which produces an acid that eats at the enamel of teeth and eventually causes tooth decay. The best defense against tooth decay is to limit the amount of sweets and starchy snacks, brush well after each meal, and keep regular professional dental hygiene appointments.
We incorporate nutrition into our dental education. For more information, please contact us.