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Nutrition and Oral Health. Bonus: Recipe

You are what you eat. That's true of your organs, your skin, your hair, and even your oral health. Of course, what we mean by this is that your nutrition has a profound effect on your overall health, from the tips of your toes to the gums and teeth. Distinctive Dental Care is passionate about helping you achieve your ideal oral health, both in and out of the dentist chair.

Today, we're talking about the important relationship between nutrition and oral health.

 Diet and Oral Health is a Two-Way Street

There is a bidirectional relationship between oral health and nutrition. Diet and nutrition affect the health of the tissues in your mouth, helping your mouth to grow strong and resilient. In return, the health of your mouth determines how efficiently you absorb nutrients. This makes oral health and your diet a two-way street. When you eat well, your mouth is healthier. When your mouth is healthy, you will get more nutrients from everything you eat.

However, the relationship can also work the other direction. Consuming too much acidic foods (citrus) or drinks (soda) can cause erosion of your tooth enamel, which will make you more prone to cavities. Eating a significant amount of sugar has a more direct relationship with the development of cavities. Conversely, thin enamel and cavities can make your mouth more sensitive to acids and sugars (and temperature).

 Foods that are Good for Oral Health

1) Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are sweet without being rich in sugar, with more complex carbs than your average potato. They are also rich in Vitamin A which is a key component for healthy gums. Unlike sugary cereals or pastries, sweet potatoes are a healthier alternative that won't zap your energy before noon.

2) Eggs

Eggs are one of nature's best sources of protein without the downsides of red meat. Protein is really great for helping to regulate your blood sugar, especially in modern diets which tend to be high in sugar and carbs (which turn quickly to sugar). You can enjoy eggs in many different ways, including just hard-boiling a few to eat with a little salt as a snack.

3) Green Onions

Most people think green onions are just a garnish, but they actually have antibacterial properties. Snacking on green onions or adding them to recipes can kill unwanted bacteria in your mouth.

Recipe Idea: Sweet Potato Salad

If you're looking for a new recipe that is great for your oral health, try sweet potato salad. We love this tender mix of textures and flavors that makes a perfect snack or side any time of day.


  • 4-5 Medium Sweet Potatoes
  • Washed well and chopped into bite-sized cubes
  • 1/2 cup chopped Celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped Red Onion
  • 6 slices of Bacon / Veggie-Bacon
  • Cooked and crumbled
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Milk
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp chopped Fresh Chives
  • 1 tbsp chopped Fresh Dill
  • 2 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Recipe Steps:


  1. Mix the coconut milk, olive oil, vinegar, chopped herbs and salt together in a small jar.
  2. Put the lid on tightly and shake well.
  3. Sweet Potatoes:
  4. Bring about 2 cups of water to a boil in medium-large pot fitted with a steamer basket.
  5. Add the chopped sweet potato to the basket.
  6. Steam sweet potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes until tender.


  1. Place the sweet potatoes in a serving bowl and allow to cool completely.
  2. Add the chopped celery, onions and bacon to the bowl, then pour the dressing on top.
  3. Toss gently and chill well before serving.

Focus on Your Oral Health with Distinctive Dental Care

Take good care of your oral health and your oral health will take care of you. For your routine cleanings and dental care treatments, you can count on Distinctive Dental Care every time. For everyday good oral health, try that sweet potato salad and don't forget to floss. Call our office for a comprehensive dental exam and cleaning today.