Dr. Bill  Says:

High sugar  and high starch foods help bacteria grow causing decay and gum disease.

Some drinks such as fruit juices and soda are very high in sugar. Some can contain as much as 17 teaspoons per serving!  Some of these drinks also contain acid.  The acid can weaken tooth enamel allowing the sugar to feed the bacteria responsible for decay.

Good wholesome and nutritious foods are essential for good oral health.  Ideal snack foods include raw fruit and vegetables, nuts, cheese, yogurt, herbal teas and water.


Good nutrition is important for health teeth and gums because...

Gum disease is treatable...

Gum or periodontal disease is caused by plaque and tartar that builds up on the teeth.  The resulting inflammation can lead to infection and bone and tissue recession.

Gum disease has been implicated as a contributive factor in heart disease, diabetes, stroke, low weight and premature births.  It is estimated that 80% of the population may have some degree of gum disease and are unaware of it.

Good News...

Gum disease is treatable and preventable with good oral hygiene. This includes daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental checkups every six months.