Q: How much does what we eat affect our oral health?
A: Unfortunately, our increasing exposure to so-called “modern” food has over years had a deleterious affect on our dental health. In 1939, Dr. Weston A. Price, a dentist and pioneering nutritionist, published the book “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.” He reported in the book that so-called “primitive” societies that followed a diet of indigenously produced food had nicely shaped jaws that held an abundance of strong, pearly white teeth. And this was without the benefit of modern dental care.
As “modern” foods, particularly white flour and sugar, were introduced, dental problems followed, including the previously rare issue of cavities. Price found that “primitive” diets were rich in calcium, other minerals and in vitamins A, D, E and K. The diets also were heavy in eggs, butter and fish.
It remains true today that a balanced, nutritious diet is good not only for dental health, but also for your overall well-being. Fresh fruit and vegetables, especially the green leafy variety, prepared so as to retain their nutritional value, are especially good for dental health. Try to avoid processed foods, sugar, white flour and the fast food so prevalent in our world.
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