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Roswell, GA Orthodontist Dr. Michael Dierkes Offers Nutrition Counseling to Improve Oral Health

Dr. Michael Dierkes

Roswell, GA Orthodontist Dr. Michael Dierkes Offers Nutrition Counseling to Improve Oral Health

Nationally acknowledged by his peers for contributions vital to the improvement of TMJ and orthodontic techniques, Roswell, GA dentist Dr. Michael Dierkes offers nutrition counseling and information regarding the benefits of supplements for health as part of each patient’s oral hygiene plan. Preventing tooth decay and gum disease not only involves brushing twice daily and visiting a dentist every six months for a cleaning and fluoride treatment, but also includes maintaining sufficient amounts of vitamins and minerals in the body. Everyone knows they should eat plenty of vegetables and fruit while avoiding high-fat meats and dairy products but many fail to do so for a variety of reasons. Consequently, Dr. Dierkes wants everyone to know the benefits that certain supplements have on teeth and oral tissues.

To maintain adequate saliva flow so that the mouth can self-cleanse and remain moist, Roswell, GA dentist Dr. Michael Dierkes recommends replenishing the body with vitamin A supplements. Vitamin A stimulates salivary glands while keeping mouth tissues healthy and repellent to destructive anaerobic bacteria, the primary cause of decay and halitosis. Anaerobic bacteria thrive in dry, stagnant environments rich in proteins (food particles, dead cells and other mouth debris) and accumulate at the gum lines to form plaque unless brushed away or removed by dental cleanings. If not eliminated by good oral hygiene and normal saliva flow, plaque eventually hardens and becomes tartar, a precursor to gingivitis and periodontitis.

In addition to vitamins D3 and K2, vitamins B1 and B2 benefit oral health by contributing to immune system functioning to prevent mouth inflammation and cheilosis, a condition producing fissuring and scaling at the mouth corners. To further reduce the risk of experiencing gum disease or tooth decay, Dr. Michael Dierkes recommends avoiding foods that are high in carbohydrates and simple sugars (fructose, sucrose, glucose), eating healthy snacks between meals and drinking several glasses of water each day to maintain mouth hydration and to help rinse food particles from between teeth. Foods containing phosphorous and calcium promote remineralization of dental enamel as well.