What is proper nutrition?
Proper nutrition means a balanced diet that allows your body to get the nutrients it needs for its health. Every day, your body will be renewed, building new muscles, bones, skin and blood. The food you eat provides building blocks for these new organizations. If your diet requires low levels of nutrients, your mouth may have a more difficult time to fight the infection.
If children do not eat a balanced diet, their teeth may not develop properly. In order to develop strong anti-aging teeth, children need a balanced diet, with emphasis on calcium, phosphorus and the right amount of fluoride.
What are different types of nutrients?
A balanced diet consists of the following nutrients:
Essential fatty acids (found in fat)
Essential amino acids (found in proteins)
15 kinds of vitamins
About twenty-five kinds of minerals
Since our body can not make all the nutrients we need, especially some vitamins, we have to get them from food or supplements. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends daily consumption of the following foods for the general public:
6 to 11 servings of bread and cereal
3 to 5 servings of vegetables
2 to 4 servings of fruit
2 to 3 dairy products
2 to 3 servings of meat, poultry, fish, eggs, beans or nuts
Why eat right is important?
Poor diet can cause gum disease and tooth decay. Foods rich in carbohydrates, sugars, and starches greatly contribute to the production of plaque acid that is eroded by the enamel. Eventually, these acids cause the enamel to break down and form a cavity.
If you have to eat foods with high sugar or starch content, you should eat before meals, rather than eating before meals, avoiding any food sticking to your teeth as these foods produce more plaque. Most foods already contain acid-producing ingredients, so the less you expose your teeth to these ingredients, the less plaque acids attack your tooth enamel. In addition, saliva production also increases during meals, helping to wash the food in the mouth.