National Nutrition Week occurs every year in October. Oral health is always a timely topic of discussion, no matter what time of year. However, a national observance like this helps highlight the importance that nutrition plays in maintaining good oral health.
Do you know what is the most prevalent, chronic, common and transmissible oral condition in humans? Tooth decay. And yet it is preventable through a simple routine of brushing and flossing and by choosing to eat healthy foods.
Just how important is having good oral health to your overall health? Think about it: if you have loose or decayed teeth, it’s harder to eat the foods that are most nutritious, like raw vegetables. If your teeth are loose and sore, it’s also harder to enjoy your meals.
It is not enough that you brush and floss. Nutrition Australia reminds us, “Good nutrition and eating habits also play a key role in preventing tooth decay and dental erosion”.
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