Nutrition and Oral Health

The dental office is a natural place to discuss food and nutrition. Your dental health is directly impacted by the food that you eat, and without healthy teeth and gums it is difficult to eat well and enjoy food. Now more than ever we understand that your nutritional well being affects total health, and we are committed to giving you the diet information that you need to feel and look your best.

Good oral health depends on the health of your whole body and influences whole body health. Periodontal disease is a chronic, inflammatory disease that is directly linked with obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other chronic conditions. Along with the most advanced dental techniques, we know that an anti-inflammatory diet is an important tool to support the best treatment outcomes for periodontal maintenance and surgery. Working with Dr. Susan Kleiner, we have developed a nutrition education program designed to help you enhance your diet for treatment success, and improve your health.

One of the keys to reducing inflammation is decreasing the oxidative stress in your body. Diets abundant in fish oils, deep red, orange and dark green vegetables and fruits, extra virgin olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds, tubers, roots, and dried beans that are all rich in anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants keep your cells bathed in these health promoting factors all day long. At the same time, you can reduce the oxidative stress in your body even further by substituting these health-promoting foods for the simple sugars, refined starches, and highly processed oils that increase inflammation.

Research shows us that the powerful combination of increasing anti-inflammatory foods and decreasing pro-inflammatory foods will improve overall health, and decrease risks for developing diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, cancers, and other chronic diseases. This strategy is an important tool in the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease, and to enhance all surgical outcomes.

Entering surgery in optimal nutritional health, and returning to complete nutritional status as soon after surgery as possible enhances the outcome of surgery and how you feel throughout the process. With proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals, enzymes, food factors and bioactive proteins immediately available to your cells after surgery, your immune system and your healing mechanisms will be primed for peak performance. We offer a premier pre- and post-surgical nutrition plan that is practical and complete, supporting your body as you heal.

Dr. Susan M. Kleiner,  PhD, RD, FACN, CNS, FISSN, is an internationaly known expert in nutrition and human performance.

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