Processed sugar is pervasive in society; it is constantly marketed to us. From candy bars to sugary gum to a litany of sweetened beverages, we are inundated with cues to consume processed sugar excessively and frequently. Eating too much sugar may lead to obesity and its concomitant chronic diseases as well as our nemeses—tooth decay.
In addition, lack of nutrients can affect gingival health. Because chair-side counseling is our specialty and the mouth easily reveals the manifestations of poor nutrition and harmful diets, the Center Dentists and Dental Hygienists, with the aid of the Dental Assistants, have a unique opportunity to contribute to center-wide healthy eating initiatives. Some recommendations to help students develop healthy habits related to nutrition are: