Canadian Dental Hygienists Association
March is National Nutrition Month and a perfect opportunity for dental hygienists to remind Canadians of the important link between proper nutrition and oral health.
Dental hygienists see first-hand how poor diet and nutrition can affect a person’s oral and overall health.
Foods high in sugar or acid can lead to an erosion of tooth enamel and contribute to tooth decay and periodontal disease, which in turn has been identified as a risk factor for more serious illnesses such as diabetes, lung and heart diseases, and stroke.
“Eating well-balanced meals is an important part of maintaining both oral health and general health,” states Mary Bertone, president of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA).
“The foods that we eat provide essential nutrients that our teeth and gums require to resist oral diseases.”
Dental hygienists—your partners in prevention—will work with you to identify healthy food and beverage choices during regular dental visits.
They also offer the following general tips to keep your mouth and body healthy.
•Make water your beverage of choice
•Eat foods from all four food groups, as recommended in Canada’s Food Guide
•Avoid sugary snacks, carbonated beverages, and chewy, sticky foods
•Follow the 2 for 2 rule; brush 2 times a day for 2 minutes
•Floss between your teeth and use an antiseptic mouthwash daily
“By making a commitment to healthy eating and good oral hygiene today,” Bertone continues, “you’ll be able to flash a healthy smile for a lifetime.”