Foods and Dental Health

By Lucy Stephenson (Hour 7)

Most foods impact a person's dental health. If a person consumes too many sugar-filled drinks or non-nutritious snacks, they could be at risk for tooth decay. Tooth decay occurs when plaque comes in contact with sugar in the mouth, causing acid to attack the teeth. The good news is tooth decay is entirely preventable. The best food choices to prevent tooth decay are cheese, chicken, nuts, and firm/crunchy fruits. The best beverage choices are water, milk, and unsweetened tea. Acidic foods should be eaten as part of a larger meal to minimize the effect of the acid. A healthy diet can improve a person's dental health and decrease the risk for tooth decay.

Media Influence #1

This commercial for toothpaste shows the positive effects of brushing your teeth. The teeth get whiter and the gums get healthier.
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Media Influence #2

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/02/21/five-ways-to-improve-dental-health/

This article is about ways to improve your dental health. By following the tips in this article, a person can improve their dental health and reduce their risk of gum disease

Positive Effects of Good Dental Health

  • Strengthens your teeth and gums
  • Prevents Cavities
  • Prevents halitosis

Negative Effects of Bad Dental Health

  • Cavities (which can lead to pain, tooth loss, and infection)
  • Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums)
  • Chronic Bad Breath
  • Periodontitis (can result in loss of jaw bones)

Interpersonal Communication

Parents:

You could talk about buying new dental care items to help your teeth (i.e. new toothbrush, better toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, etc.)

You could also talk about improving the whole family's diet by buying healthier foods. Instead of buying chips and pop, your parents could buy more fruits, vegetables, and dairy products.

Dentist:

You could talk about more ways to keep your teeth clean and healthy, like regular checkups.

You could also talk about ways to prevent tooth decay by discussing the proper way to floss and brush your teeth. You could also talk about how many times a day you should brush and floss your teeth.

Advances

  • Digital X-Rays: These reduce exposure to radiation and allow pictures to be projected on a computer screen. It allows dentist to find problems with the mouth, teeth, and jaw.
  • Dental Implants: The implants fit and function as replacements of a tooth root. They integrate the jaw bone and can be done in any adult who need a missing tooth replaced.
  • Air Abrasion: This allows the precise removal of decayed teeth without the use of local anesthetic. Air abrasion uses blasts of pellets of air and aluminum oxide to treat tooth problems, like cavities.