As the old adage goes: “You are what you eat.”
We believe we can tell what you eat. The clue?
Your teeth. They don’t just give away your happiness, but also let others (and your dentist) know a lot more about you.
But what if you brush twice, floss and use fluoridated mouthwash?
The culprit causing damage in your mouth may be your gut.
What you eat truly does make you who you are. Digestive issues affect a large part of the American population today. Here are some common digestive conditions that affect your oral health.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or Heartburn
This causes acids from the stomach to enter your mouth and the only thing you might notice is a bad taste or a stingy sensation in your mouth. But the effects are much more sinister. It is likely that the acid may set on your teeth and slowly corrode the enamel. This can make your teeth seriously vulnerable to damage.
What’s more is that brushing your teeth at this point can cause more harm than good. Your dentist at this point will prescribe fluoride toothpastes and rinses to keep your teeth strong enough to withstand this damage.
Inflammatory Bowel disease
This can cause you to have mouth sores. Even the inner cheeks and gums can become swollen. There is also increased possibility of fungal infections in the mouth. These are likely to lead to oral health problems such as gum disease.
For this disease, a lot of patients have to take steroids and this is a very important factor to mention when you have to go to the dentist.
So the obvious answer to these problems is to get digestive problems treated as soon as you can. But there is more that you can do to aid your teeth.
It is always advisable to let your dentist know of any medications you are taking for any diseases, and this also includes any supplements you might be taking so that any medication that they prescribe does not interact with the ones you are already on.
What You Can Do
The importance of the right diet cannot be emphasized enough. Here is a list of foods that will keep your chompers healthy:
- Leafy Greens
- Green Tea
- Pepper and Citrusy fruits
- Dairy Products
- Garlic and Ginger
Since your gut is responsible for a lot, here are some other foods to keep it on the straight path:
It is always the best idea to get solutions for any irritation, inflammation or pain you have from a dentist. Dental problems can easily be tackled in the beginning—the longer you sit on the problem, the more like it is to get more painful and heavier on your pocket.
We at Bethesda Dental Health will be happy to provide you with a comfortable environment to get your pearly whites checked. Not only that, but we will also give you a FREE Professional Dental Whitening Kit to say thank you for visiting us! So whether it is a crown you need or dental fillings, or you’re simply looking to get a dental extraction, we are here for all your dental needs! Get in touch with us for your check up today!