Health Care Needs: Regular Visits to a Newmarket Dentist and Good Diet
York Region takes pride in its commitment to a healthy and green food system, and the upcoming Feast of Fields, staged annually by the York Region Food Charter, promises to be another celebration of healthy, organic, and farm-fresh food. Yorkregion.com contributor Tim Kelly quotes event spokesperson Liz Shaughnessy:
“… it’s not just about the organics. I think the health benefits are fairly obvious to most people, as is the benefit to the environment, but it just tastes so good,”
The importance of a good diet to one’s health is nothing new. Treatment for the most common medical conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases involve maintaining a low-calorie diet that consists mainly of foods rich in vitamins and minerals.
Oral Health and Overall Health
What many may not be aware of, however, is the importance of good oral health to one’s overall health. Recent studies have shown that there is a correlation between oral conditions, like tooth decays and gum diseases, and diseases like diabetes and heart ailments.
According to the Canadian Dental Association, gum disease can impair the body’s ability to control blood sugar, thus, aggravating diabetes symptoms. Diabetes, on the other hand, can cause infections, including those that affect the gums, to develop more rapidly.
Researchers have also noted that about 91% of patients with heart disease also have periodontitis, a severe gum infection. They believe that a gum infection constricts blood vessels, which then restricts blood flow between the heart and the rest of the body, thereby causing high blood pressure.
In both cases, doctors and dentists agree that managing one condition helps with managing the other. To achieve good oral health, Newmarket residents should keep in mind that the most fundamental steps include daily brushing and flossing, and regular visits to a trusted Newmarket dentist like Dr. Zofia Wojt.
Healthy Diet and Oral Care
Diet also has a lot to do with dental health. Everyone knows that excessive consumption of sugary and starchy food can wreak havoc on teeth. On the other hand, foods that are rich in antioxidants, such as crisp fruits and vegetables; as well as calcium-rich foods like cheeses and dairy products, are beneficial.
Dentists, however, suggest taking your time when feasting on salad or raw veggies, as biting and chewing onto crisp sticks can harm teeth, and cause them to break or chip.
If food gets stuck between teeth, try brushing, flossing, or swishing with warm salt water. If all else fails, see an emergency dentist in Newmarket right away. The dentist must remove the stuck particle before bacteria get the chance to lodge deeper and cause gum problems.
(Source: Organic food fest Feast of Fields back for 25th straight year, YorkRegion.com August 29, 2014)