You know that your diet has an impact on your body. But do you know what your nutrition and diet can mean for your teeth and mouth? At West Annapolis Family Dentistry, Dr. Maria Colucciello and her team offer disease prevention and nutrition counseling at their Annapolis, MD family dentist office.
The Oral Impacts of Your Diet
Your diet can have a direct impact on your oral health. If you have a diet that’s high in sugars or starches (that break down into sugars), it’s going to be detrimental to your oral health. A high-sugar diet leads to an increased risk of tooth decay. This leads to you being more likely to get cavities or have the infection penetrate the root canal. If the infection spreads, you may need to have a root canal procedure or even a tooth extraction.
You also need to make sure that you’re getting enough nutrients in your overall diet. If you lack certain nutrients, it can lead to your immune system being compromised. This makes it harder for you to fight off diseases or infections. You’re then at a higher risk for contracting gum disease. This can lead to tooth loss and other painful symptoms.
Disease Prevention with Routine Dental Care
During your routine dental exam and cleaning, Dr. Colucciello can often spot signs and symptoms of certain diseases before you may even know you have them. Things like gum disease, oral cancer, and acid reflux (GERD) can show small symptoms in your mouth. These often aren’t things that you’d be able to notice casually. Early stages of gum disease might not present any symptoms at all.
Going to your family dentist in Annapolis, MD regularly means that they can notice any changes in your mouth. These changes can be indicators that there’s a problem forming and it’s important for Dr. Colucciello to track those changes. She’ll look to see if the changes she sees are harmful and if they’re an indicator of a deeper problem that needs to be taken care of.
The Impact of Acid Reflux
Acid reflux is a serious condition where stomach contents come up through the esophagus. Oftentimes this means that stomach acid is one of the things that’s traveling upward. Stomach acid wears away the enamel on your teeth, exposing the dentin, or inner layer, of your teeth. Since the enamel is the protective layer of the teeth, this can have serious repercussions.
You may realize your acid reflux is damaging your teeth if you have any of these symptoms:
- Increased pain and sensitivity in your teeth
- Tooth decay
- Teeth getting thinner or darker
If you notice that any of your teeth are experiencing this, it’s time to talk to your dentist.
If Dr. Colucciello notices these symptoms, she’ll talk you through how to reduce the impact of acid reflux. Following a diet that’s low in acid and high in alkaline foods can help your symptoms. She’ll go over an alkaline diet with you and highlight how this well-balanced diet will help your teeth and overall body.
In addition, Dr. Colucciello can help minimize your symptoms. Teeth that are getting sensitive can have a fluoride treatment applied to strengthen them and reduce sensitivity. If your teeth are severely damaged already, dental veneers or crowns may be needed as well.
Your Family Dentist in Annapolis, Maryland
At West Annapolis Family Dentistry, we’re here to help with many conditions that can impact your oral health. Call us today or schedule an appointment online to get the help you need.