Eating for Optimal Dental Health

The Ultimate Eating Plan for Optimal Dental Health

Dental health profoundly impacts quality of life, including our ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, and swallow.  What we eat and drink profoundly impacts our dental health, including the risk of dental caries, dental erosion, and periodontal disease.  Sugary drinks, sugary foods, around-the-clock snacking, eating at bedtime, and ultra-processed foods all cause great harm.  Anti-inflammatory foods, plant-based diets, fluoride, vitamin D, omega-3 fats, green tea, herbal mouthwashes, and probiotics all play a protective role. 

Bottom line:  This science-based, engaging, and extremely informative presentation tells you all you need to know about what to eat and drink to optimize dental health.   

What you’ll learn:

  • How various factors impact the health of the oral microbiome, including sugar, snack habits, meal timing, oral hygiene, saliva, and more
  • What the latest research says about the safety, effectiveness, and relevance of fluoride, including community water fluoridation
  • How food frequency, sequence, and combination affect dental health
  • Implications of around-the-clock snacking and late-night eating
  • Impact of circadian rhythm on saliva flow, saliva pH, and dental caries risk
  • Latest research on sugar – how much we’re consuming, top food sources, implications for dental health, and guidelines for reducing intake
  • Potential benefits and risks of using sugar alternatives, such as stevia, xylitol, and erythritol
  • Harm caused by foods that contain rapidly digested versus slowly digested starches
  • Powerful impact of unhealthy food and drink marketing on children and teens
  • Damage caused by sugary drinks, including soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, and fruit drinks
  • Role of alcohol in the promotion of periodontal disease 
  • Benefits of drinking coffee, and especially green tea, for dental health
  • Power of anti-inflammatory diets to reduce periodontal disease risk, including severity of tissue damage
  • Most important nutrients for dental health, including the latest research on vitamin D
  • How whole fruit, dried fruit, and fruit juice, impact dental health
  • Dental health implications of consuming milk alternatives (like soy or almond milk) compared to cow’s milk
  • Why herbal mouthwash can be a safe and effective alternative to regular mouthwash
  • Role of probiotics in the prevention and treatment of bad breath, caries, and periodontal disease
  • How profoundly dental health can impact chronic disease risk, including heart disease, diabetes, and more
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