What is Nutritional Counseling?
While brushing and flossing are incredibly beneficial to the health of your teeth, what you eat and drink on a regular basis can contribute to dental problems. A diet full of sugar and carbs can lead to tooth decay, and late night snacking can create problems with both cavities and gum disease. We offer nutritional counseling to help shine a light onto your current diet and changes that you can make to improve your eating habits. This counseling is available to all of our patients regardless of age, gender or weight.
Why is Nutritional Counseling important?
The problem with eating a diet that is full of sugar is that it isn’t just detrimental to your overall health, but to the health of your teeth as well. The bacteria in your mouth thrive on sugar, which causes them to multiply rapidly. This can lead to problems with excessive plaque, cavities, gingivitis and gum disease. Kids and adults often both have poor diets, especially in this fast-paced world that we live in. However, in order to save your smile and prevent a future of dental treatments, proper nutrition is key.
Who is a candidate for Nutritional Counseling?
Everyone is a good candidate for nutritional counseling. We take a judgement-free approach to our counseling services and simply go over your current diet and make suggestions of changes that you can implement to improve your oral health. Whether you’re average weight, overweight or obese, many people have poor eating habits. Kids and adults alike can both benefit from nutritional counseling in our office.
What can you expect during Nutritional Counseling?
We will sit you comfortably in our office and ask that you tell us what your current diet looks like. You can give us a quick rundown of the foods and drinks that you consume on a routine basis. According to what you’re currently eating, we will suggest some healthier alternatives that can help to cut the amount of sugar, acidic foods and carbs that you’re consuming right now. In turn, this will lead to a healthier and happier smile. We will even go over your eating habits as far as when you eat. For example, if you brush your teeth and then eat right before bed, we may suggest that you brush after eating and immediately before sleeping. This helps to prevent the bacteria from thriving in your mouth overnight after eating something sugary and sweet.
If you would like to learn more about nutritional counseling while visiting our office, call us today so that we can get you in for a quick and convenient appointment.