Long-Lasting Effects of Childhood Dental Problems
Dental problems can cause long-lasting and widespread problems, according to a recent report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. This report revealed that nearly twenty percent of Australian adults avoid certain foods as a result of dental problems. Researchers from the University of Queensland Children’s Nutrition Research Center and the School of Dentistry are conducting a study to determine if children’s dental problems could lead to a similar avoidance of certain foods, which could increase their risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in adulthood.
Fibrous foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meat tend to be the healthiest choices for your smile and your body, but these foods can also be difficult to chew. If you have cavities, sensitive teeth, gum disease, missing teeth, or other untreated dental problems, you might find yourself turning to highly processed, easy-to-chew foods instead. These foods are less likely to have the nutrients your body needs, and more likely to be filled with unnecessary sugar and unhealthy types of fat. A poor diet due to poor dental health can lead to general health problems and an increased risk of further dental health problems, creating a cycle that could be nearly impossible to escape.
You can reduce your risks by practicing good dental health habits and by treating dental problems as they occur, rather than waiting until they lead to oral dysfunction. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning.
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