Have you ever wondered why crooked teeth seem to be the norm in the United States? Plenty of Americans go through the process of orthodontic treatments and oral surgery to fix their crooked smiles. Those rare couple of friends you have that were born with perfect teeth might have your envy, but for the most part we don’t think about it. Turns out, a multitude of studies have been devoted solely to seeing if there is any connection between the way your teeth grow in (and the way they behave over time) and your diet. Here are three of the more compelling arguments that support the idea that you should watch what you eat for the sake of your smile!
Soft and Liquid Foods May Promote Weak Jaw/Crooked Teeth
One of the first arguments that came about to support the connection is based on our modern diets full of softer, often liquefied foods. While some studies have shown this is hard to prove, others have found that the jaws of those who consistently eat tougher or more fibrous foods are typically stronger and wider. This allows more room for teeth to grow in, and creates a more evenly-spaced and naturally straight smile. While there is no direct correlation, one can look at the soft, squishy diet of the common American for an idea of its possible adverse effects on teeth.
A Low-Nutrient Diet Does Not Allow Jaw Bone to Build
A diet rich in nutrients is also necessary for denser bone build in the jaw area. A weak jaw bone allows very little room for teeth, and a smile is even more adversely affected by jaw bone quality than the jaw muscle quality. Certain nutrients like vitamin K-2, calcium, and vitamins A and D absorbed at an early age promote wider growth of the jaw, as well as strong teeth that are less affected by external factors.
Those Who Switch Cultures See Decreased Oral Health
There is an interesting pattern that exists between those that live their lives in more “primitive” cultures, those who live in modern-day America, and those who make the switch from primitive to the United States in their adulthood. For cultures with diets that consist mostly of organic foods and vegetables, grass-fed meats, and very few grains and sugars, it is common to see inhabitants with smiles that are flawlessly straight and with very few cavities. Compare that with the widespread dental problems of Americans, and that itself shows a connection. Those who have made the switch from a more natural diet to the processed diet of Americans have noticed increased dental problems, including cavities and tooth-shifting. Over-processed foods prevalent in Western diets today (as well as their ridiculously high sugar content) have been shown in other studies to be hard on teeth enamel, so it makes sense that these qualities would adversely affect the overall straightness of a smile as well.
A more natural diet is a great thing to adopt at any age, but unfortunately it is difficult to eat your way back to a beautiful smile. Braces are a great option for anyone whose smile is beyond dietary repair, and there are many great clinics willing to help you finance for the treatment. Your diet will always make or break your overall health, though, so never take that for granted.
Victoria Ramos studied business and now blogs about developments in the field, as well as her other interests. She loves shopping, socializing, hosting parties, decorating, and writing. For more information on braces in the Halifax area, visit Jensen Orthodontics at their website.