The link between nutrition and oral health and wellness for a healthy smile

Dental health isn’t just about brushing and flossing. Your overall health and nutrition also influence it. Issues like diabetes, high-sugar eating habits, and tobacco use can all threaten your teeth and gums. Most people have no idea how much this impacts them. Drs. Greg Campbell and Lindsay Leland of Long Beach, California, encourage patients to know how their oral health can affect their overall health and wellness. First and foremost, nutrition!

What dietary recommendations do Drs. Greg Campbell and Lindsay Leland offer for patients?

The team at Greg Campbell DDS is here to help you make positive health and wellness decisions that protect your smile. We recommend that you eat fresh, unprocessed foods, drink water instead of soda, and get health conditions treated with the help of your doctor. We also want to recommend that even when you do enjoy foods high in sugar or highly processed, brushing and flossing after every meal will help prevent further problems.

What are some foods and beverages I can consume to strengthen my smile?

These are some of the best foods for strong, healthy teeth:

  • Low-fat milk
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Salmon
  • Almonds and other nuts
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Eggs
  • Lean meat
  • Citrus fruits
  • Broccoli

Periodontal disease and the oral-systemic connection

Patients who do not take good care of their smile may find that they are experiencing other health problems that might be linked to the development of periodontal disease, or “gum disease.” This condition can cause bacteria to spread to the rest of the body, resulting in a significantly higher chance of developing heart disease and strokes.

How can I learn more about my diet and oral health needs?

Patients often overlook proper nutrition for dental health. They don’t realize how their oral health and overall health are linked. If you are interested in learning more about dietary changes you can make to improve your smile and your body’s health, it might be time to speak to Drs. Greg Campbell and Lindsay Leland of Long Beach, CA. You can reach the office by calling 562 988-0148 and visiting 3960 Atlantic Avenue. Our team of professionals can work with you to assist you in developing a nutritional diet that fits the needs of your body and your smile!