What Everybody Ought to Know About How Diet Contributes to Your Overall Health
Do you generally make healthy food choices?
Do you sometimes have a sweet tooth?
How often do you brush your teeth?
How you answered the questions above, can be a good indicator of your overall health. Dentists in Howell, Michigan can help identify potential health problems like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Eating an overall healthy diet can help prevent potential health problems in the future.
We understand the difficulty and strength it takes to put down the snacks. Do it! Have the courage to say “No!” Junk food is easy, convenient, and comforting, but not when it comes to living a long healthy life!
“Mouth Healthy,” by the American Dental Association (ADA), suggests that you keep these tips in mind when choosing your meals and snacks:
- Drink plenty of water.
Eat a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups, including:
- whole grains
- lean sources of protein such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish; dry beans, peas and other legumes
- low-fat and fat-free dairy foods
- Eating cheese, peanuts, and sugar-free gum may counter acid attacks
- Limit the number of snacks you eat
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I change my diet without putting that much effort into it?
Your favorite dentist in Howell, Michigan recommends food prepping for the week ahead. Start by stocking your fridge with a variety of healthy food to choose from throughout the week. Cook a healthy meal and store it in Tupperware containers for your work lunch so you won’t be tempted to eat out. Problem solved!
What foods should I avoid to lower my risk of tooth decay?
The American Dental Association recommends that you should stay away from ice cubes, coffee, dried fruits, potato chips, sugary beverages, alcohol, and sport drinks, and limit amount of citrus in your diet to avoid tooth decay.
Should I worry about tooth decay if I’m a vegetarian?
According to Delta Dental, “some vegetarians who do not consume any food of animal origin can experience deficiencies in calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B-2, vitamin B-12 or complete proteins.” As a result, vegetarians may increase their risk for periodontal disease from a lack of vitamin D and calcium becoming more susceptible to decay and disease.
Call to Schedule an Appointment With Your Favorite Dentist in Howell, Michigan
Please schedule an appointment with Dr. DiStefano to discuss your concerns and care plan. As one of the premier dentists in Howell, Michigan, Dr. DiStefano has over 30 years’ experience caring for his patients’ health. He strives to educate his patients and improve their lives through dental care and disease prevention.
Your health and smile are vital for you and very important to us! Contact us today 517-546-8983 to schedule an appointment and get on your way to better health and joyful life!