Eating healthier doesn’t mean changing your entire eating pattern overnight. Small changes, made over time, can add up. For National Nutrition Month® 2017, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics urges everyone to start small – one forkful at a time, and “Put Your Best Fork Forward.”
Each March, the Academy encourages everyone to focus on healthful eating through National Nutrition Month. Whether you’re planning meals to prepare at home or making selections when dining out, always “Put Your Best Fork Forward” to help find your healthy eating style.
Eating a well-balanced diet not only provides your body with the nutrients it needs to maintain good health, but can positively affect your teeth. A lack of proper nutrients in your diet can lead to tooth decay and gum disease—making your mouth may less resilient to infection.
Here are some key tips on treating your body (and your smile) right, when it comes to nutrition …
1) Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease. (Decay occurs when plaque and sugar are present in the mouth, creating acid with attacks teeth.) ¬¬
2) Avoid—or at least limit—sweets like soda, candies, cookies, sugar laden fruit juices and gummy treats. Read food labels and select foods that are sugar-free or low in sugar or corn syrup.
3) Incorporate lots of fresh vegetables, fruit, whole grains, lean sources of protein (lean beef, chicken, fish), low fat/fat free dairy products, dry beans and other legumes.
4) Drink plenty of water every day.
Remember to brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss daily. Visit your dentist at least twice a year to maintain proper dental care. (You dentist can help with early detection of oral health issues, when they are easiest to treat.)
To learn more about National Nutrition Month and the role your nutrition plays in your overall health, visit http://www.eatrightpro.org/ To learn which foods are best for you and find great recipes, visit ChooseMyPlate.gov
To book your next dental check-up, call the Dorosti Dental Team at 740/452-3697.