Dental Health Blog

You are what you eat

It’s really very simple….the notion that to be healthy and fit, you need to eat good food.  Nutrition plays an essential role in oral health as well as general health.  Here is some information from the American Dental Association about how what you eat can impact your dental health.

Your mouth, teeth, and gums are more than just tools for eating. They’re essential for chewing and swallowing—the first steps in the digestion process. Your mouth is your body’s initial point of contact with the nutrients you consume. So what you put in your mouth impacts not only your general health but also that of your teeth and gums. In fact, if your nutrition is poor, the first signs often show up in your mouth.

Your individual nutrition and calorie needs depend on your age, gender, level of physical activity and other health factors, but according to MyPlate, a website from the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an agency of U.S. Department of Agriculture, a balanced and healthy diet should include:

  • Fruits and vegetables. Combined, these should cover half your plate at meals.
  • Grains. At least half of the grains you eat should be whole grains, such as oatmeal, whole wheat bread and brown rice.
  • Dairy. Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy foods most often.
  • Protein. Make lean protein choices, such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish. Vary your protein choices to also include eggs, beans, peas and legumes. Eat at least eight ounces of seafood a week.

In addition to diet, it’s also important to stay active for good health. Adults should get at least two and a half hours of moderate-intensity physical activity every week.

The foods you eat and the beverages you drink can have a direct influence on the incidence and progression of tooth decay, depending upon:

  • The form of the food—whether it’s liquid, solid, sticky or slow to dissolve makes a difference.
  • How often you eat sugary foods and beverages and how often you eat or drink acidic foods and beverages.
  • The nutritional makeup of the food.
  • The combination of the foods you eat and the order in which you eat them.
  • Medical conditions you may have, such as gastrointestinal reflux and eating disorders, which can increase risk of cavities and weaken teeth.

For dental health, it’s recommended that people limit eating and drinking between meals. Of course, sometimes eating between meals must happen. Unfortunately, most people choose foods like sweets and chips for snacks; foods that harm teeth by promoting tooth decay. If you do snack, make it a nutritious choice—such as cheese, yogurt, fruits, vegetables or nuts—for your overall health and the health of your teeth.

Stay tuned for the next blog post– we will learn about foods that harm your dental health, and foods that benefit your dental health.


Claudia LaSmith attends 2016 AADOM conference

On September 14-17, our office manager Claudia LaSmith attended the American Association of Dental Office Managers (AADOM) national meeting in Boca Raton, FL. AADOM is the nation’s largest educational and networking association dedicated to serving dental management professionals. Claudia continually works to learn as much as she can to help make a strong team for our patients.



Small Hands Big Hearts charity run

On Saturday, August 13 our work family sponsored and participated in the Java Jive 5k/10k run to raise funds for Small Hands Big Hearts United, and organization that works to nature compassion and leadership in young people.


Give Kids a Smile Day

On Friday, February 6, our hygienist Holly Rucker participated in the Raleigh Give Kids a Smile event. Holly volunteered to provide screenings, treatments, and education to children from our local area. Give Kids a Smile is a not-for-profit program that provides underserved children with free, comprehensive dental care in an effort to eliminate the silent epidemic of dental disease in children.




Office manager Claudia LaSmith earns AADOM Fellowship

Bell Family Dentistry is proud to celebrate its office manager Claudia LaSmith earning an American Association of Dental Office Managers fellowship. Claudia was granted her degree on September 6 at the AADOM conference in San Diego. Claudia completed extensive courses and exams, placing her in an elite class of office managers nationwide. We are proud to have her extensive education and background to best serve our patients.

Office manager Claudia LaSmith earns AADMON fellowship

Claudia LaSmith earns AADOM fellowship

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Our very own Holly Rucker talks to Sharon Delaney of My Carolina Today about dental anxiety… something many people have!

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