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Your Diet and Your Oral Health Gainesville, GA
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When it comes to the health of your mouth, there is more to think about than just brushing your teeth each day. What goes into your mouth plays a huge role in your oral health. While many people tend to focus on how the foods and beverages they eat affect their waistlines, it is often overlooked how your diet affects your oral health.

Your mouth is the gateway to your entire body, and your body is a complex and highly intricate machine. When one part of the body is unhealthy or injured, it can affect the health and comfort of the rest of the body. Your mouth is no exception to this. In fact, the health of your mouth can determine the health of your heart, your kidneys, how people with diabetes live day to day, and pregnancy. Your diet plays a significant role in many health concerns, and cleaning up your diet can literally clean up your mouth.

Inside every mouth live millions of bacteria. While this sounds gross, these bacteria are meant to be helpful because their main job is to break down food particles left behind after eating and drinking. However, these bacteria quickly go from helpful to harmful when they begin producing acids in order to assist them in their endeavors. Acids are what eat holes in the tooth enamel – known as cavities – and what cause gum disease to develop. The most important thing to know about these acids is that they are most attracted to the sugars in the foods and beverages that you consume. Bacteria will congregate in extreme numbers where sugary bits are left behind after enjoying a soda or dessert, and they will produce an incredible amount of acid in a short amount of time. By limiting your sugar intake, you can greatly reduce the amount of acid that is produced inside your mouth on a daily basis.

A healthy diet (for both the body and the mouth) consists of the following:

  • Whole grains
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables in their natural states (not baked into a dessert!)
  • Lean sources of protein
  • Dry beans
  • Legumes
  • Low-fat dairy products

At Gainesville Dental Group, we want to partner with all of our patients in order to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile for life. The benefits of brushing your teeth are undermined if you are choosing to eat a diet that is high in sugar. Making healthy dietary choices on a regular basis will promote optimal oral health – which benefits the entire body.

Posted on behalf of Gainesville Dental Group

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Bev M.

Very happy with the staff at Gainesville Dental Group. The doctors are caring and experienced. I never am left in the waiting room. The hygienist always ask thorough questions and report to the doctor before the exam, saving me from having to repeat everything. Highly recommend.

Dennis C.

I came to Gainesville Dental Group with a crown that was in bad shape and painful. Dr. Vetter was very knowledgeable about what needed to be done and went to great lengths to ensure the treatment to resolve the problem was in my best interest. He and assistant Sarah Riley were very professional yet personable. They worked together seamlessly in a manner that put me at ease and were very focused on fixing the tooth. Any physical discomfort was minimal and both Dr. Vetter and Sarah were encouraging and positive. A very good experience.

Sarah R.

I come to Gainesville Dental Group for my routine cleanings and absolutely love it! It’s very clean and I love how up to date they are with digital X-rays and photos of the teeth. I had to have a filling and they were able to point out on the screen where my cavity was on the X-ray. It’s much easier getting the work done when you have an understanding of what the doctor is doing! Dr. Vetter did my filling and the whole procedure was pain free! I can’t say enough good things about this group!

Linda H.

Dr. Gannon and Hannah were great. They talked me thru my procedure and made sure I was comfortable and pain free. The office was friendly and pleasant. My hubby and son have used them and liked them. I've found a new dentist! Thank You GDG.

Candace C.

Since I started my orthodontic treatment fifteen months ago, the staff at Gainesville Dental Group have been exceptional. Dr. Vetter is so kind and energetic and Kim puts you at ease while she works miracles! I am thrilled at my results and that they worked within my timeframe. I gladly recommend The Gainesville Dental Group for a personalized experience. Thank you!

Kayla B.

The whole office staff is amazing! Super friendly and helpful. Dr. Gannon has always been very nice and does great work! My husband sees Dr. Vetter and has only good things to say as well. I highly recommend this office!

Lorrie M.

This is by far the best dental group I have been to in a long time. The staff is wonderful and caring. From the front office to the Dentists are a class act. Very kind and explain step by step. High quality work. Don't plan on going anywhere else. My husband has had the same experience. Do yourself a favor and check them out. Tell them Lorrie sent you

Bruce Y.

Great dental visit! Went in for annual cleaning and x-rays. Donna did an awesome job and pointed out a potential issue which she brought up to the doctor who concurred. It was an excellent visit. Thank you to the "team" @ Gainesville Dental Group.

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426 Spring St SE
Gainesville GA, 30501

Tel: (770) 297-0401

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Monday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Our office is open for normal business hours and we are following all ADA/CDC guidelines to ensure staff and patient safety.