Jacksonville, FL (PRWEB) March 24, 2014
With March being National Nutrition Month, Dr. Darryl Field is taking the opportunity to remind patients that a healthy diet can make all the difference in maintaining good oral health. Patients who avoid foods that compromise the immune system or cause harm to teeth can significantly lower their chances of someday needing gum disease treatment in Jacksonville, FL. However, Dr. Field encourages even patients with healthy diets to be aware of signs of gum disease such as bleeding, inflammation, and tenderness, which often indicate a need for treatment.
In general, Dr. Field advises patients to limit foods that are highly processed or sweetened and drinks that are sugary, carbonated, or alcoholic, since high sugar levels and changes in mouth pH can cause tooth decay. Mercury can exaggerate the harmful effects of toxic bacteria, so consumption of fish high in mercury such as shark and swordfish should be limited as well. Organic and unprocessed foods containing unsaturated fats, fiber, whole grains, and omega-3 fatty acids are foods that best support strong oral and overall health. Since gum disease is an infection, maintaining a healthy immune system is a key part of prevention. A healthy diet improves immune system function while eliminating foods that can contribute to bacterial infections in the mouth.
In addition to being more mindful of what they eat, patients can make a few lifestyle changes to reduce their likelihood of one day visiting Dr. Field for gum disease treatment in Jacksonville, FL. Leading an active lifestyle and reducing stress can help the immune system function at its peak. Quitting smoking can significantly reduce the risk of periodontal disease developing. Maintaining good oral hygiene habits and taking early signs of gum disease seriously are also important steps in protecting oral health.
Many patients do not realize that the connection between oral health and overall health can go both ways. People with gum disease have been found to have a higher risk of developing chronic health problems such as heart attack and stroke. Considering this, Dr. Field encourages patients to invest in their health by adopting a healthy diet, watching for signs of gum disease, and seeking any needed treatment early on. Anyone who needs more information on gum disease treatment in Jacksonville, FL, can visit Dr. Field’s website or call his office to schedule an appointment.
About the Doctor
Darryl A. Field, DDS, PA, is a periodontist offering personalized dental care to patients in Jacksonville, FL since 1997 Dr. Field received his Doctor of Dental Degree and his certificate in Periodontics from LSU School of Dentistry. He is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the first FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. To learn more about Dr. Field and his dental services visit his website at http://www.jaxdentalhealth.com and call 904-201-1160.