Nutritional counseling benefits Dothan, AL kids and parents
In the past, most people sought the services of a dentist when a problem occurred. Over time, the importance of preventive dentistry emerged, yet practice remained “tooth centric.” At No Needles Children’s Dentistry in Dothan, AL, we take a health and prevention approach. It starts with nutritional counseling that has big advantages for the mouth and body.
Nutrition and dental health
Dr. Nathan Pfister and Dr. Brian Pfister are biological dentists. They recognize the intimate connection of the body to the mouth. Their nutrition education helps parents guide children in development of lifelong eating habits that help to keep gums and teeth healthy.
Dental caries is an extremely prevalent childhood disease. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research reports 42 percent of children ages 2 to 11 have cavities in primary teeth. Poor diet and negligent oral hygiene are primary culprits in development of tooth decay.
Bacteria naturally present in the mouth feed on sugars and starches. As a byproduct, they produce acidic waste that eats holes in tooth enamel and irritates gum tissues. This acid attack takes only about 20 minutes to occur, after putting sugar in the mouth.
Nutritional counseling from Dothan, AL dentists is advice for life
Our doctors take time to demystify nutrition for teeth, for example explaining why switching from soda to fruit juice or milk may not reduce risk of cavities, and showing where sugar could be “hiding” in the labels of packaged food products.
As your child’s nutrition coach, the dentist provides advice on:
- Baby bottle tooth decay (and use of pacifiers).
- Limiting between meal snacks.
- Encouraging kids to drink plain water.
- What choices from each food group are most beneficial to children’s oral development.
- Alternatives to candy, cookies, and cake – that kids will actually like!
- Getting your child involved in designing his or her own nutrition program.
The dentist helps you identify food choices that provide essential nutrients for strong teeth and vital soft tissues. This level of dietary guidance contributes to the child’s fully-functioning immune system, and muscle, bone, and organ development. It will also help a child heal faster after a dental procedure, should one be necessary.