Dental Myth: The effects of poor oral health only concern the mouth

| January 31, 2012

Myth 1: The consequences of poor oral health are restricted to the mouth

Columbus Ohio expectant mothers may not know that what they eat affects the tooth development of the fetus. Poor nutrition during pregnancy may make the unborn child more likely to have tooth decay later in life. Between the ages of 14 weeks to four months, deficiencies in calcium, vitamin D, vitamin A, protein and calories could result in oral defects.

In children, tooth decay is the most prevalent disease, about five times more common than childhood asthma. If a child’s mouth hurts due to tooth decay, he/she is less likely to be able to concentrate at school and is more likely to be eating foods that are easier to chew but that are less nutritious. Foods such as donuts and pastries are often lower in nutritional quality and higher in sugar content than more nutritious foods that require chewing, like fruits and vegetables. Oral complications combined with poor diet can also contribute to cognitive and growth problems and can contribute to obesity.”

Your dental health is very important to your overall health.  If you are looking for a dentist in Columbus, Ohio call our office at 614-486-7378 or click to make an appointment.