Malnutrition affects people all over the world and can be caused by not having enough to eat or simply not having access to nutritious foods to get the nutrients your body needs. In many cases, dentists are the first health professional to notice issues with nutrition since oral health is a good indicator of the status of your overall health. Many conditions are linked to oral health like HIV/AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and even cardiovascular disease, so dentists are often looking for indications of issues with your overall health as well as your dental health.
When it comes to malnutrition, there are several effects on the teeth and gums that dentists expect to see in patients. If you are prone to dental cavities or have gum disease, your diet could be partly to blame. Yes, sugary foods are bad for your teeth but you also should consider taking in more nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. While brushing and flossing are important, you can also keep your teeth and gums healthy by eating a well-balanced diet.
The Effects of Malnutrition on Your Teeth
Teeth are living parts of your body and as such can be severely affected when you aren’t getting the nutrition you need. Your teeth need proper nutrition to maintain healthy levels of enamel and prevent tooth decay. The right nutrients will be absorbed by your teeth as a form of protection, but if you are malnourished, the acid and bacteria in your mouth can take over and cause decay and other oral health issues. The longer malnourishment persists, the more likely teeth are to experience severe decay that may lead to teeth being pulled.
Without the proper nutrition, your immune system will have a harder time defending itself against infections in the mouth which can raise your risk of developing periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Gum disease leads to tooth loss and in many cases progresses faster in people with poor nutrition.
At Hawkins Family Dental, we care about our patients’ health and are always looking out for the details in your oral health that may paint a bigger picture of your overall health. If we suspect that a patient may be malnourished, we’re quick to refer them to a physician who can properly manage their condition.Leave a reply →