Importance of Nutrition
Many chronic health conditions associated with aging – hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and some cancers – are on the rise. The food you eat supplies much more than just fuel for your body. It provides the raw materials for skin, muscle, bone, brain, and all other tissues. Your diet provides the nutrients necessary to manufacture hormones and enzyme that control the functions of every cell in your body. Proper nutrition is essential to your dental health while enhancing your overall health.
Good nutrition programs can be based on supporting ideal oral health. Periodontal disease thrives on a variety of oral conditions that are easy to correct in most cases using periodontal therapy, excellent oral hygiene habits and nutrition. There are a variety of simple, non-invasive tests in the medical/dental community that can be done to determine your nutritional status. Additional data resulting from these tests gives you information about body composition (fat mass/lean muscle tissue), basal metabolic rate, hydration status, and BMI.
Lifestyle factors can be assessed, and a personalized diet plan can be created just for you. Medical issues such as weight loss, diabetes, prevention and other whole body issues can be addressed by instructions from your physician to an independent nutritionist or by referral from a nutritionist to outside resources. Stress management techniques and a realistic exercise program can also be discussed.
Simple lifestyle changes can help you enjoy your life to the fullest!