Annapolis dentist Dr. Maria Colucciello believes in the wisdom of the ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates, and his philosophy of : “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Dr. Colucciello uses this philosophy to help her dental patients make better food choices to enhance their overall health and the health of their mouth. Diseases of the mouth can be directly related to a weakened immune system and one of the best ways to boost the immune system is through diet and nutrition.
The Benefits of Routine Dental Care
It is often possible to recognize systemic problems and other illnesses during routine dental exams of the teeth and gums. There are many diseases and health concerns that have oral symptoms, something that Dr. Colucciello and her staff look for during preventive care visits. Gum disease, acid reflux (GERD), diabetes and other systemic disease, and even oral cancer often have subtle oral symptoms that when caught early can be lifesaving. Regular visits with Dr. Colucciello provide she and her staff the opportunity to monitor your oral health and recognize changes that may indicate a developing problem.
When the enamel on a patient’s teeth begins to change, it can often mean the patient suffers from Acid Reflux. This is a serious problem that many people suffer from and can result in symptoms of heartburn, chronic cough, and difficulty swallowing. Acid reflux occurs when the stomach contents flow upwards into the esophagus. Over time, this acid can erode the dental enamel. When the enamel wears away, the inner layer (called dentin) is exposed and this can lead to serious complications with the health of your teeth.
Signs & Symptoms of Acid Reflux
Increased tooth sensitivity
Darkening of the teeth
Thinning of the teeth
Following these nutritional guidelines can help to prevent acid reflux and permanent tooth enamel damage: avoid fried foods and carbonated drinks, drink plenty of water; do not smoke and when sleeping, elevate your head 6 (six) inches higher than your feet. Fluoride treatments can help decrease tooth sensitivity and crowns and veneers may be recommended restore the teeth of they are severely worn away from the acid damage.
Dr. Colucciello reviews an alkaline diet emphasizing whole fruits and vegetables so that a well-balanced diet is being consumed. The benefits of this lifestyle are optimal health, reduction of illnesses, increased energy and more enjoyment of life.