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How Diet Impacts Dental and General Health

Everyone appreciates a great smile, after all, that’s what we show the world. It affects our self-esteem and ability to socialize. But those pearly whites are not just for show, and many of us underestimate the impact teeth have on our overall health and nutrition, and vice versa.

There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it, oral health is a huge part of our general health and a well-balanced
nutritionally adequate diet is essential for oral and general health maintenance — throughout life.

While teeth develop with a strong and protective outer coating of enamel, they are not immune to the ravages of disease and wear. Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases known to man and is responsible for untold pain, suffering, and tooth loss. Diet plays a major role in tooth development, dental caries (tooth decay), dental (acid) erosion, and even wear.

What’s more, scientific evidence overwhelmingly proves that the same sugars that cause dental decay also contribute to obesity and metabolic syndrome — the leading cause of death in the US and first world countries.

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