Need For Awareness About The Connection Between Nutrition And Oral Health

Wuppertal, Germany (PressExposure) September 27, 2009 -- The most obvious effect of our choice of diet is the prevalence of oral cavities (caries). But our diet's influence on our dental health goes far beyond this. Did you for example know, that your nutrition also influences your cranio-facial development and your risk of developing oral cancer and infectious diseases in the mouth? Erosions of the teeth, enamel defects and periodontal disease are other problems that are related to your choice of diet.

According to WHO there is a need for the public health community to gain an understanding of the complex connection between nutrition and oral health, since this would strengthen the effort to control or even prevent these diseases.

Awareness about the connection between nutrition and oral health includes nutritional counseling about:

- The effects of sugar consumption. Especially the frequent consumption of soft drinks, is a major risk factor for dental cavities. Soft drinks containing acid - including fruit juices - also contribute to dental erosions. Dental erosion is a slow etching away of the enamel of the teeth, leaving them more fragile and sensitive to cold. - The value of choosing natural food products rather than refined, industrialized food which often contains a high amount of sugar. - The effect of a high consumption of alcohol as a risk factor in the development of oral cancer and precancerous conditions. - The benefits of breastfeeding rather than bottle-feeding in order to prevent early childhood caries.Early childhood caries is often the result, when a child is put to bed with a bottle containing a sugary drink or is drinking from the bottle at will during the day, since this leaves the teeth under constant exposure to sugar.

Dental professionals make a great effort to increase awareness about the importance of a healthy diet, but this is not a task that can be accomplished by the dental health profession alone. A collaboration is needed between many different sectors in society such as schools, policy makers, the media, the food industry and many more in order for these initiatives to really make a difference.

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