Child decides what to eat

Poor nutrition and oral health surprisingly go hand and hand.¬† Its a correlation that many don’t think of however, it is one that is rather important. ¬†Earlier this year an article¬†titled “Malnutrition and its Oral Outcome ‚Äď A Review” outlines how important a healthy diet is for good oral health and¬†vice versa.

A lack of vitamins and minerals can have adverse affects to children oral health. ¬†According¬†to¬†Talebi M,¬†Parisay I. and¬†Mokhtari N.¬†journal article¬†iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in children. ¬†Iron deficiency in children can cause¬†dental caries, ¬†staining, cause the¬†child’s¬†tongue to become inflamed and formations of sores.

Too much of other foods can be related to poor oral health such as sugar. ¬†U.S. Department of Health and Human Services devoted a whole website¬†called “Snack Smart for Healthy Teeth” ¬†to help guide parents on nutritional advice dealing with sugar. ¬†They point out on the site that the combinations of sugar in your child’s mouth and bacteria in plaque will form acids that are powerful enough to¬†dissolve¬†the hard enamel on your child’s teeth.¬†¬†

At the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada they tied  a Five-minute nutrition workup for children in dental practice.  They figured that they could use the correlation between poor nutrition and oral health as a tool to counsel overweight and obese children on healthy nutrition without negative connotations regarding weight.

Overall, it is important to stay healthy as a whole. ¬†What we eat impacts our health a great deal. ¬†It makes sense that what we eat will impact the health of our teeth, tongue and overall mouth because that’s is where the digestion of our food begins.

Resources

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3576783/
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3612219/
http://www2.nidcr.nih.gov/health/pubs/snaksmrt/main.htm
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23302370